connectivity system that extracts vital signs and other patient information from biomedical devices and integrates this directly with the patient record. The 100% software-based system is designed to deliver integrated vital signs information via a single interface, reducing costs and resources for IT departments, while enhancing patient care, reducing risk and saving nursing time. Mark concluded: “The systems delivers a complete patient record, integrates with clinical applications and reduces costs and administration.”

Equipping and connecting a new hospital

Day two of the conference opened with an overview of Mercy Ships, a charity that provides free medical assistance in Africa. Volunteers from over 49 nations have served on board the Africa Mercy, which was acquired in 1999 and refurbished specifically for the Mercy Ships mission. It is the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, effectively more than doubling the annual medical capacity of its predecessors. The project is actively seeking biomedical engineering volunteers to offer their services. If you would like to help, visit Dal Jdali, biomedical sales modality lead at Althea UK & I, has more than 30 years of technical and commercial experience in the biomed field in a wide range of roles. He is passionate using this experience to help the

The impact on the NHS will see a number of trends in technology, such as Artificial Intelligence, digitalisation and genomics. This will also highlight

the need for training clinicians in IT systems. Caroline Finlay

NHS and other healthcare providers achieve the highest standards in safety and patient care in the most cost-effective way. He observed: “In the past 15 years, outsourced managed services companies have established themselves among global healthcare providers as the primary method of preventing technology obsolescence and ensuring clinical sustainability. They have also ensured access to the latest technology and comprehensive asset management and streamlined long term purchasing mechanics and management.”

Describing managed services, Dal said: “It’s about defining the concept with the clinicians and finding out what the Trust wants to achieve. This could relate to anything from buildings to staff. “Design is not just about the products, but the patient experience – for example, sectioning off male and female rooms. Althea provides temporary build/service options and everything is aligned to support a Trust’s performance – quality, operational

performance, finance and leadership development.”

Mike Giles is the operational contracts programme manager for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, where he manages the oversight and delivery of outsourced clinical engineering and pathology services. He was instrumental in the introduction of RNOH’s medical device replacement programme in 2015 which has annually provided executive confidence in the identification and prioritisation of devices for replacement beyond their recommended life-span against limited budgets. Mike’s talk on revealed the key core evaluation principles and governance structures the RNOH found effective in managing medical devices, in particular the Trust’s annual replacement programme. He also shared his experience of using a largely simple mathematical model for an initial overview of all medical devices, to identify those with the highest risks. Combined with intelligent clinical lead dialogue, this was able

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