Locala Community Partnerships lead the way in community healthcare with new IT cloud infrastructure from Dell
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- Hybrid cloud model provides faster, simplified and secure access to vital patient information at the point of care
- Future growth reinforced with scalable, interoperable architecture
- Innovative architecture supports the improvement of patient care, whilst driving down cost
- Clear cost structure provides essential tool to help Locala Community Partnerships to monitor current and future spend
Dell announced today that it has signed an agreement to provide innovative community healthcare provider, Locala Community Partnerships (Locala), with a new cloud service that will deliver critical clinical and administrative information at the point of care through an advanced cloud-based infrastructure.
With two-thirds of its 1,200 workforce constantly on the move, Locala wanted a solution that could provide every member of staff with access to relevant, real-time information and excellent connectivity. This contract will support Locala’s future growth plans and help keep its significant mobile workforce connected, with the ultimate goal to enable the delivery of NHS community healthcare services to a 400,000-plus population in West Yorkshire.
As a trusted leader in providing complete solutions in healthcare IT in the UK for more than 15 years, Dell will help Locala move to a hybrid cloud model, which will provide staff with secure access to all relevant information systems, applications and data wherever they are - seamlessly, instantly and securely. Based on a Dell cloud solution that is hosted in a secure Dell data centre in Slough, the new service will connect staff with all their required clinical applications as well as the NHS N3 network, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Lync. Via the internet, staff will be able to access all relevant patient information, corporate systems and unified communications tools ensuring a more efficient, agile workforce.
The new end-to-end IT architecture will consist of Dell PowerEdge, PowerVault, Networking and KACE solutions. New Dell Latitude laptops will also be provided to allow clinical users remote access via a Dell SonicWALL Clean VPN Solution to patient information and ensure that records are accessed and updated at the point of care. IT support will be provided by Dell’s Nottingham Service Desk, which will simplify support to one point of call for all IT related queries.
With a national drive to reduce NHS inpatient hospital care where appropriate, there comes an increasing emphasis on community healthcare services. Through working with Dell to upgrade its existing IT infrastructure, Locala’s already agile clinicians will now have the ability to harness the latest technology which will enable them to provide excellent patient care as efficiently as possible across a large geographic area.
Moving from a reliance on being connected to a local network, to being able to access critical information from anywhere there is an internet connection, will revolutionise how Locala operate; introducing a more flexible, scalable and cost effective solution that will help improve efficiency and manageability while supporting growth. The Dell solution also allows Locala to keep a close eye on current and future costs, which will be vital as the partnership looks to expand.
“As the NHS aims to increase the amount of healthcare being delivered at the community level, organisations need to ensure that their IT systems are able to provide the level of support required”, said Richard Rawcliffe, Healthcare Sales Director, Dell UK. “At Dell, we are continually adapting and developing our range of end-to-end solutions and services which helps information systems become an enabler of quality care, benefitting care givers, patients and the business alike.”
“We were one of the first healthcare organisations in the country to move to agile working, enabling our staff to provide first class care more efficiently,” said Robert Flack, Chief Executive at Locala Community Partnerships. “We recognised that to move forwards, we need a much better support system including improved information storage and sharing amongst colleagues. Moving to a cloud-based infrastructure is the next step and will offer much more unified and reliable access to patient information at the point of care.”
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About Locala Community Partnership
Locala Community Partnerships became a community interest company – a form of social enterprise – on 1 October 2011. Formerly part of the local primary care trust, it provides community healthcare services such as district nursing, health visiting, school nursing, community dentistry, podiatry, stop smoking support and continence services in and around Kirklees in West Yorkshire. Care is provided in health centres, GP surgeries and a small, community hospital as well in patients’ homes. Locala was one of the first organisations in the country to establish Community Care Teams, where health and social care teams work together to support patients with long term conditions to stay in their own homes. This has been possible thanks to strong partnership working with local GPs, Kirklees Council’s social care teams and other health care providers.
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