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Two finalists announced for 2017 NHS Digital Pioneer Awards

16 February 2017

This year sees two members of staff as finalists for the NHS Digital Pioneer Awards 2017.

This year sees two members of staff as finalists for the NHS Digital Pioneer Awards 2017. The NHS Digital Pioneer Awards, coordinated by DigitalHealth.London with the support of NHS England, recognises progressiveness and leadership in digitally enabled transformation.

Dr Marcela Vizcaychipi (Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia) has been shortlisted in the Award for Digital Innovation category for the Burns Rehabilitation app, funded and supported by our hospital charity CW+.

Marcela says: “This nomination is special. There are many obstacles when introducing new technology into the health system and attempting to change standard pathways of practice but perseverance and endurance is the key to success. My vision is simple, I listen carefully, I adapt and remain flexible and I always have the goal of better care for my patients supported by an efficient and happy environment.”

The app empowers and supports patient self-care and self-management. Additional features include video calls between patient and burns unit nurses, and flexible daily menus.

Dr Laura Hopkins (Clinical Teaching Fellow/Medical Registrar) has been shortlisted in the Sustainability through Digital category: “It is obviously a great honour to be nominated. It was very much a team effort that has ensured it’s sustainability at the trust.”

Laura has created an electronic medical handover system at West Middlesex University Hospital. The system helps medical teams hand over patient information and care plans to doctors working at the weekend using the existing real-time system.

These prestigious awards will be presented as part of a digital event being held on Wednesday 22 February. 

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