Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, recently visited Donisthorpe Hall. John Fisher reports.
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP visited Donisthorpe Hall to show support for an innovative project.
The visit marked the launch of the SystmOne Care Homes solution, developed by TPP, a West Yorkshire health technology firm, and piloted by Donisthorpe. The project has proved to be invaluable in delivering safe, proactive and more personalised care to some of the most vulnerable people.
Donisthorpe now uses SystmOne Care Homes to access residents’ electronic medical records, which contain vital data from other services caring for them. This allows more informed, timely and consistent care, tailored to the individual. The software further builds on TPP’s patient-centric shared record model, giving citizens more control over their health.
The minister met with the team involved in the project both from TPP and Donisthorpe Hall, as well as residents and family members who have embraced the benefits of the system.
Jeremy Hunt said that technology is the key to 21st Century personalised healthcare, “so it is great to see companies like TPP leading the way with new software which will put residents in control of their health and crucially which will lead to better, more responsive, joined-up care.”
Suzy Musgrave, Donisthorpe’s care home manager, said adopting new technology has already provided numerous benefits for Donisthorpe Hall residents. “For example, it has improved the communication between health organisations which results in faster outcomes.
“In one instance, by using SystmOne, the time to process a prescription was cut down from 24 hours to 25 minutes.”
She added: “SystmOne has helped to streamline our processes and has saved Donisthorpe Hall a lot of administrative time, allowing us to spend more time with our residents.”
After touring the home and seeing the facilities, Jeremy played bingo and made smoothies for the residents. A visit to the sun room enabled him to relax before helping to serve lunch.