Luton and Dunstable Hospital finds IT efficiency with converged infrastructure

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has integrated IT into clinical workflows with converged infrastructure

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has integrated IT into clinical workflows with converged infrastructure. This has saved the hospital staff up to 30 minutes a day spent on accessing different systems and has given them more time to dedicate to the patients.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) is a 700-bed general hospital run by the NHS in Luton, Bedfordshire. Employing around 4,000 staff, the hospital provides general medical and surgical services for more than 315,000 people in Luton and Dunstable, as well as parts of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

The hospital was facing productive challenges in its old, distributed infrastructure. 

It selected HP's Converged Infrastructure products to run OCSL’s acceSSOnce solution – the clinical desktop software that improves how hospital staff interact with IT in NHS organisations. 

OCSL is a managed service provider that provides proof of concept to its clients, including NHS hospital trusts. It is also HP’s gold partner, making integration between the platform and the software easier for the hospital.

L&D’s converged infrastructure setup includes HP’s ProLiant servers, 3PAR StoreServ storage and HP’s networking products. Running OCSL’s acceSSOnce Clinical Desktop Transformation Solution on the new infrastructure has improved the way L&D’s clinical staff and business users work, according to L&D.

“To meet our productivity challenges, we needed to integrate IT efficiently into clinical workflows,” said Mark England, director of information management and technology at L&D. "OCSL's acceSSOnce solution running on a HP infrastructure has improved productivity by easing the burden on the IT team. It has enabled the L&D’s clinicians to launch applications 90% faster."

The desktop software provides a robust “follow me” virtual clinical desktop with single sign-on (SSO) and session continuity, said England. This means the L&D’s clinicians can move between a PC in a consulting room and a shared machine on a ward, or even a mobile device from home, knowing that their applications will remain open so that they can continue working wherever they are.

“Reducing the time spent logging in to different systems has saved each [clinician] 30 minutes per day on average, giving them more time to dedicate to our patients,” he said.

In addition to choosing converged infrastructure for operational efficiency, the hospital also decided to use the device-agnostic HP infrastructure to support its BYOD (bring your own device) policy and to enable the mobile workforce in the hospital.

It selected HP’s ElitePad tablet devices to supplement the existing iPad devices in the organisation. The tablet devices will allow the hospital staff to stay connected during home visit assignments.

Under a pilot project, about 65 community midwives are currently using HP ElitePad tablets, allowing them to stay connected during home visits, according to the hospital. The pilot is in accordance with PbR (payment by results) and requires a mandatory data set to be collected after use which will demonstrate to other NHS Trusts whether the mobile device project is useful.

The new IT platform has improved productivity by enabling L&D’s clinicians and business users to seamlessly log in to any application on any device in any location, without the need for multiple passwords, England added. Uninterrupted access to patient records from the office to the bedside to the outpatient clinic has helped ensure better patient safety.

“In today’s NHS, pressure on budgets means that IT infrastructures must deliver significant improvements in capacity, performance and reliability,” said Peter Thackery, healthcare director, HP UK & Ireland.

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