24/7 Stroke Thrombolysis Project


Award Winner – eHealth Insider Awards

For information regarding St Vincent’s Healthcare 24/7 Stroke Thrombolysis project please see the extract below from the eHealth Awards website:

24/7 Stroke Thrombolysis project using St Vincent’s Healthcare Consulting’s IOCOM solution wins “Best use of Telehealth and Telecare” Award. The East of England Strategic Health Authority has been awarded “best use of Telehealth and Telecare” for their new telemedicine service for stroke thrombolysis, which uses IOCOM software, running on the NHS networks, to enable stroke specialists to see patients via a High Definition video link. IOCOM software displays H.264 High Definition images on a laptop, which are detailed enough for a doctor to view a patient’s MRI scans remotely.

The system was trialled in Cambridge, Watford and Southend and began to save patients’ lives during its pilot stage.

Representatives from the Strategic Health Authority accepted the award following a champagne reception in the Connaught Rooms in Central London.

EHI’s awards are given by e-Health Insider to recognise and reward excellence in Healthcare IT.

The judges included: Christine Connelly, Director General for Informatics, Department of Health, Brian Derry, Assist National Council Executive Director of Information Services at NHS Information Centre for health and social care, Carla Morgan, RiO Programme Manager, NHS Waltham Forest and Heather Strachan, Clinical E-Health Lead, Scottish Government E-Health Directorate.

The East of England Stroke Project was chosen from a list of shortlisted projects which included:

  • A new patient experience through the integration of online doctor and pharmacy services, DrThom
  • Managing Leicestershire COPD patients at home by Acute Respiratory Team, University Hospitals of Leicester
  • Birmingham OwnHealth and Assistive Technology, NHS Birmingham East and North

“All credit for the 24/7 Stroke Thrombolysis Project must be given to Jim Bibby, Anthony Whittaker and Diana Day and their many colleagues at the Strategic Health Authority,” says Paul Tonner, CEO of St Vincent’s Healthcare. “Our role was to support them and facilitate the implementation, especially during the early stages, and to ensure that everything ran smoothly.”


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