Tony Neary is championing digital transformation

Posted on Thu, 05/09/2019 by Tony Neary

Digital transformation is going to big, very big. I started working at QE in 2001 and have spent the majority of my professional life working for the Trust within anaesthetics. Over my 32 years of working within the NHS I have seen many changes but I truly believe that digital transformation will have the biggest impact to healthcare.

My current role is that of Clinical Business Change and Benefits Manager for the Clinical Informatics team. Although it is a lengthy title, it basically means I am a clinical link working alongside colleagues in Projects, Business Information and Data Quality and IT.

I first became involved in digital transformation work 2 years ago when I joined the team as a Clinical Change Practitioner.  My first project was to work on the Healthcall Smoking Text Message Service. It was a great project to be involved in and I am proud to see that it has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ award!

My current role involves me working on a number of digital projects including the imminent launch of Nervecentre. This will be a real game changer for the Trust. The software is so easy and intuitive to use and will help to support mobile working. For example, the Trust is investing in hundreds of mobile devices to allow clinicians to use Nervecentre at point of care. Having the ability to enter data by the bedside will not only help to save time but will also help to make the patient feel more included in their care process, which can only be a good thing.

The main driver for all of our digital projects is to improve our ability to deliver excellent patient care. However, to ensure that all of digital work does this, it is vital that we work as closely as possible with frontline clinicians and to seek their advice at each stage of a project.

One way that staff can have a say on the digital future of the Trust is by becoming a Digital Champion. The Digital Champions help shape our projects by giving thoughts and opinions in focus groups. There are monthly meetings, which discuss the progress of digital projects and allow  staff to give their thoughts and opinions. It is essential for us to ensure that all of our projects improve our ability to deliver excellent patient care and thus it is vital that staff have input at all stages to ensure this happens.

We are currently looking to increase the number of digital champions we have and would like to invite staff members form all backgrounds to contact us if they are interested in helping to shape the digital future of the Trust.

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