Sheffield Teaching Hospital Transform with FlexPod Technology


Automation, Digital Transformation, Customer

The UK’s largest NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, has announced the final details of its ‘Transformation through Technology’ programme as it looks to realise the targets set by NHS England.

And we’re making it happen.

The programme, in partnership with us and our FlexPod Solution involves implementing a digital health record through three major IT systems: a clinical portal, an electronic document management system and an electronic patient record.

The Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s busiest and most successful Trusts running five hospitals in northern England, employing 15,000 staff and providing over a million appointments and operations every year. The challenge was to find a solution that would support a trust of this size and magnitude, scaling to their needs. The solution was FlexPod.

So what is FlexPod?

FlexPod is the integrated computing, networking and storage solution developed as a collaboration between Cisco, NetApp and VMware. The FlexPod infrastructure supports the local components of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals – Transformation Through Technology programme and will be hosted on-site and is completely scalable, allowing Sheffield the flexibility to scale the technology in line with demand. We’ll monitor the infrastructure 24×7 to ensure it performs for their applications.

What impact did it have on the organisation?

It really is a transformation. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what the Director of Informatics, Tracey Scotter had to say:

“This is not an IT project – it is about maintaining patient safety and improving our efficiency by taking advantage of what technology can now offer.”

“The Transformation Through Technology programme puts patients’ safety at the forefront and means clinicians can securely access patient data in real time from any location, with a full picture of patient medical history. The changes mean that we can reduce excess length of stay, reduce unneeded variation in care, increase efficiency, help to avoid adverse events and enable better outcomes for our patients.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been a trailblazer in so many areas thanks to the innovation and dedication of its staff. It now has the technology in place to deliver even more innovations in medical science.

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