Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Swansea City football fans can now keep up-to-date with the latest team news following the launch of new websites for all three clubs.
Unveiled this month over three consecutive days, the new sites have been designed and developed by Idox’s Reading Room to provide a hub for club content focused on driving up fan engagement, reputation and commercial opportunities for the clubs.
Reading Room’s new platform, Playmaker, allows clubs to tailor their own specific features – a key advantage over the previous platform – and is responsive on PCs, phones, laptops and tablets. New features include single sign-on across all digital platforms, free HD video and live commentary, seamless access to match and player stats, as well as integrated social media feeds.
John Davies, Managing Director of Reading Room said: “Through our extensive experience working with football clubs, we understand the importance of engaging with fans. It’s never enough to just replace a badge and change the colours on a site! These three new websites are testimony to our close collaboration with each club and their fans to craft a digital presence that not only offers an engaging online experience, but also supports the clubs in fulfilling their commercial potential and bringing their brands to life digitally.”
Future development is already underway on live match centres for all three clubs, which will provide fans with a central point to access match day content – before, during and after the game.
To view the new websites, please visit:
- Stoke City Football Club: www.stokecityfc.com
- Middlesbrough Football Club: www.mfc.co.uk
- Swansea City Football Club: www.swanseacity.com
For the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, online funding service GRANTfinder is helping to accelerate and broaden the process of finding new funds for the region’s businesses.
The Growth Hub plays a key role in helping local entrepreneurs and established companies access the support needed to develop their businesses. Its investment in GRANTfinder – and sister product POLICYfinder – will significantly enhance the services it can offer to businesses in the area, acting as a gateway to thousands of funding opportunities that may otherwise remain undiscovered.
Such opportunities will support the identification of financial support for a wide range of projects including business expansion, training, marketing and IT.
In our latest case study, Jon Bass from Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, talks more about the Hub’s investment in GRANTfinder and the positive impact it will have on the local economy.
To read the full story, click here.
As such, its growth is becoming increasingly evident in towns and cities across the UK, suggesting the Planning sector has an important part to play in supporting the development and evolution of the digital economy in general.
In the latest Idox paper, we explore the rise of the tech sector and how planners can support digital growth in local areas, as well as reviewing the closer synergy between the two sectors and the positive impact digitisation can have on wider local government services.
Want to read more? Click here to download the article.
Committed to providing smart, innovative solutions that help public sector organisations realise efficiencies and drive citizen engagement, Idox is delighted to have retained its status as a provider on the latest G-Cloud Framework.
With G-Cloud 9 (G9) services now live on the Digital Marketplace, this latest framework will feature more than 130 of Idox’s services spanning three categories including Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support.
The range of solutions reinforce Idox’s expertise in supporting public sector organisations to achieve tangible, results-driven outcomes through digital transformation, consultancy and software.
- OnSite Apps: a suite of role-based apps aimed at boosting the efficiency of council staff workloads via flexible, mobile working.
- Online customer journeys: services that improve citizen engagement, maximise resources and accelerate end-to-end processes across key areas such as Planning, Licensing and Building Control.
- Bookings: functionality that delivers a streamlined booking process for citizens to request core council services including Pest Control and Building Control inspections.
- EDMS: software that is the cloud implementation of Idox EDMS, where all storage and infrastructure exists within the Idox private cloud. This improves information sharing and enhances service delivery.
The Framework, designed to provide the public sector with quick and easy access to a range of trusted UK services and suppliers, also features Idox’s award-winning website, design and build arm Reading Room, leading facilities management software CAFM Explorer, as well as Idox Transport – a leading supplier of innovative and integrated transport solutions for complete network management control across all modes of transport.
Visitors, students and researchers can now discover the stories behind the National Gallery of Ireland’s vast art collections, thanks to a creative new website crafted by award-winning digital agency, Reading Room.
The launch of the website in June coincided with a transformational period for the Dublin-based Gallery, as it completed a comprehensive rebrand and re-opened its two historic wings after a six-year refurbishment project.
The website reflects the Gallery’s new brand and vision – focused on helping people experience art, not just see it – and showcases its extensive art collections, events and wider initiatives. In collaboration with the Gallery’s own branding agency, True North, Reading Room worked closely with the Gallery’s digital team to bring it to life online, creating an immersive experience that fosters a love of art, research and discovery.
The site will encourage physical visits to the Gallery, but is also intended as an online destination for visitors, where people can explore extensively the collections and programmes available.
Andrea Lydon, the Gallery’s Head of Library, Archives & Website said: “This has been a period of great excitement and change for the Gallery – the redevelopment of the website, and addressing the needs of our growing digital audience was a priority for us. We are delighted with the outcome – the redesign provides a brilliant platform for showcasing the Gallery’s collections and public programmes and will allow the knowledge and expertise of the Gallery staff to be shared with the public in an engaging and inviting manner. It brings the site in line with our newly adopted brand guidelines, and complements the recently re-opened historic wings of the Gallery. The Gallery is dedicated to bringing people and their art together, and the redeveloped site will play a fundamental role supporting this aim.”
The project was driven by the findings of research and workshops with the Gallery’s key internal stakeholders. Central to the findings was the realisation that a wealth of art and information is normally undiscovered during just one physical visit. The new website – responsive across PCs, phones, laptops, and tablets – overcomes this challenge by combining video and interactive content with a bold design to enable the Gallery’s abundance of information to be accessed digitally.
John Davies, Managing Director of Reading Room said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the Gallery and we’re proud to have played a lead role in creating a powerful showcase for this ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of art, which visitors may not have had chance to experience previously in person. We look forward to our future work with the Gallery as we continue to develop innovative ways to improve the online experience.”
To view the National Gallery of Ireland’s new website visit: http://www.nationalgallery.ie
Craven District Council has invested in a new Planning and Building Control platform in a bid to streamline its operations and deliver enhanced online services to its citizens.
Powered by a suite of fully integrated, front and back end solutions developed and implemented by Idox, the rollout involves a number of digital services including web-based application submission portal iApply, proven back-office system Uniform, Public Access, and an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS), ensuring a truly holistic service that will deliver both council efficiencies and a positive citizen experience through improved access to information.
The launch of the new system will see the Council move away from previous software supplier Civica, and marks Idox as a key supplier of smart technology and services to all nine councils in Yorkshire.
Darren Maycock, Chief Information Officer at Craven District Council said: “As part of our review of Council services, we recognised that to achieve efficiency and deliver best-value public services to our citizens, we needed to look at a fully integrated, end-to-end solution that was capable of enabling transformational change and delivering against our digital engagement goals. The Idox solution has provided us with a very capable DC, BC and Gazetteer system in a relatively short space of time. We look forward to completing the migration across other business areas and enjoying the full benefit of this integrated solution and the efficiencies that it will bring.”
The Planning and Building Control application went live at the beginning of June, with future phases already planned to launch an online service for Environmental Health, Licensing, and Housing and Waste Management later this year, enabling benefits and efficiencies to be realised across departments. A citizen-led approach will also ensure Craven citizens enjoy enhanced engagement with the Council in a timely, efficient manner.
As a leading supplier of software, services and content to the public sector, Idox is committed to supporting local government in its ambition to recognise the true benefits of digital, end-to-end transformation.
With the launch of Connected Local Government Live 2017 next week, Idox will be joining forces with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Future Cities Catapult to deliver an engaging ‘Digital Innovations in Planning’ workshop, which aims to showcase how technology is transforming planning processes.
During a three-hour, interactive session, delegates will hear separately from all three organisations, as they discuss the impact of new digital services on local government, the value of cooperation, and the importance of harnessing innovation to ensure transparent, democratic and effective planning systems.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Greater Manchester Combined Authority will also share how big data is being used to map infrastructure networks and shape the growth of their cities.
With extensive experience delivering smart technology to the public sector, Idox’s session will focus on its digital strategy and discuss the development of iApply – a service that has already revolutionised the planning process for local authorities across the UK, and simplified the way citizens interact with local government.
Interested in hearing more?
Connected Local Government Live takes place on 28-29 June 2017 at The Bond Company, Birmingham. To attend the workshop, book your place at the event here. Using code IDOX@CLG will entitle all delegates to 10% off the original ticket price.
A healthcare logistics management platform is to be implemented across Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, allowing hospital staff to make vast improvements in how they manage the storage, tracking and identification of medical records.
Treating over one million patients every year at the Royal Derby Hospital, the rollout of Idox Health’s iFIT™ solution will enable the Trust to automate the manual processes involved in medical records management, boosting both productivity and patient safety. By streamlining the way records are located, stored and managed, savings of up to £1.8m over three years are expected – a significant contribution towards the Trust’s overall cost improvement targets.
The implementation of iFIT™ will see a transition from sequential number filing to location-based filing, a move anticipated to free 20% of shelf space at Royal Derby Hospital’s main library. This improved utilisation of estate space will allow the Trust to close an excess records library located at its London Road Community Hospital site, and release it for clinical use instead.
Darren Riley, Deputy Director of Finance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said “With the multiple challenges Trusts now face, maintaining service during a period of increased demand whilst at the same time saving money is a delicate balance. The introduction of iFIT ticks both of these boxes. It enables savings out of the box, frees up capacity for other uses and acts as a platform for further downstream projects.”
The Trust will also benefit from the provision of crucial support for its e-Casenote digitisation programme, including tracking ability for forward scanning folders, as well as alerts when these folders fail to return back from clinical areas. This functionality will significantly improve information governance compliance, patient outcomes and most of all, patient safety.
As the first in the country to use GS1 barcodes, the Trust is one of only six NHS GS1 demonstrator sites using GS1 standards to make a real difference to patient safety and drive cost improvements.
Glen Hodgson, Head of Healthcare at GS1 UK said “Idox Health are a valued Solution Associate and we're delighted to see the roll out of their GS1 compliant iFIT platform at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We look forward to our continued work with them as part of our programme to support the NHS in increasing patient safety, clinical effectiveness and operational efficiencies.”
For further information on Idox Health’s iFIT™ platform, please visit our dedicated online pages.
Global leader and influential London research powerhouse University College London (UCL) is to begin using Idox’s GRANTfinder 4 Education software – a move that will be pivotal in helping the institution secure funding in a more timely manner.
GRANTfinder 4 Education will allow UCL to service all its funding search requirements from one place. The suite of products includes GRANTfinder, which will support the search of wider projects such as capital investment and spin-offs, RESEARCHconnect for UCL’s research projects, and POLICYfinder to help the team keep track of relevant policy to support funding applications.
Dr Jacob Sweiry, Head of Research Metrics, Office of the Vice Provost (Research) at UCL said:
“We took the decision to put out a tender for an online research funding opportunities tool following an internal survey of requirements, and the expiration of our subscription to another provider. Our key criteria were capability to search for up-to-date funding opportunities, sharing of information across defined groups and the wider communities at UCL, and to deliver these in a cost-effective manner. GRANTfinder 4 Education delivered on these key properties.
“As we move forward in developing our research management information systems, flexibility in the integration of funding opportunities tools into our systems is of fundamental importance. Here again, Idox indicated their willingness to work with us to explore our requirements and to support the development of this integration.”
Rebecca Erskine, Director of Idox Grants adds: “RESEARCHconnect, in particular, is fast becoming a global funding information provider of choice, with over 50 institutions across Europe joining us over the last 9 months alone. UCL ranks 3rd at national level according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016, and 17th at a global level. Clearly, we are delighted to welcome them on board and look forward to helping deliver on their strategic aims, as well as our own long-term roadmap in aligning the identification and management of research funding.”
For more information on GRANTfinder 4 Education, visit: www.idoxgrantfinder.co.uk/education
Idox’s Open Objects is engaging with national charity, KIDS, to facilitate a series of consultative workshops designed to ensure its new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Hub meets the needs of those who use it.
In advance of the digital platform’s launch this summer, the company is seeking independent insight from professionals, disabled young people and families, parents and carers on their experiences of the EHC process, with the aim of using the feedback to further refine the Hub where needed.
Dominic Millar, Head of Business Development at KIDS said: “KIDS is looking forward to facilitating the Open Objects workshops and enabling independent input into a truly person-centred approach that puts disabled children, young people and their families at the centre of the EHC process”.
The digital EHC solution, developed and co-produced with local authority partners, supports easy and secure information gathering, promotes transparency and puts the family at the centre of the EHC process. The Hub offers a single, web-based platform enabling families, education settings and professionals across Education, Health and Social Care to collaborate on both the initial 20-week and annual review processes.
The independent views gathered from the workshops with KIDS will complement the parent and carer engagement that Open Objects is already undertaking with individual local authority customers. This valuable insight will help to shape the Hub’s narrative content, as well as its overall look, feel and accessibility.
Gavin Cameron, Managing Director of Open Objects explains why working with KIDS is so important: “KIDS is ideally placed to help us engage directly with the different stakeholders in the EHC Process. We believe the EHC Hub will bring significant efficiencies in gathering and sharing information, tracking case progress, maximising transparency and facilitating collaborative working. However, we want to speak to those with first-hand experience of the process, learn how the process could have been made better for them and ensure that what we deliver is a truly person-centred approach.”
Open Objects currently has five local authority development partners, which it has been working with over the past nine months to develop the Hub.
To find out more about the EHC Hub and the work Open Objects has been doing with its local authority partners, visit www.openobjects.com/care/ehc or call +44 (0) 1223 422200.
A new grant portal introduced by international financial services provider, Rabobank, has been rolled out to one of its financial advising websites, with the specific aim of helping entrepreneurs identify funding opportunities for innovation, investments, education and international cooperation.
As a global leader in food and agriculture financing and sustainability-oriented banking, Rabobank is the second largest bank in The Netherlands. Through the launch of its new funding portal – developed and implemented by Vindsubsidies and referred to as Rabobank Grant Guide – individuals will be able to quickly and easily search for financial support for their projects, making the tool pivotal in ensuring innovation and creativity can continue to thrive in business.
With entrepreneurs often unaware about the range of funding opportunities available to them, the portal will offer comprehensive information about provincial, national and European funding and grant options. Individuals will also be able to seek support from Vindsubsidies directly should they need additional guidance on their application, significantly maximising their funding potential.
Erik Schapink, Business Development Manager of Vindsubsidies said: “The Rabobank Grant Guide has been created to help entrepreneurs in their search for funding. The portal is a great tool for signalling the alternative financing options available for projects, ensuring innovative ideas can actually get implemented, rather than being halted due to financial challenges. Entrepreneurs can also contact Vindsubsidies to request additional information about grants they’ve found and receive help with their application, improving the chances of grant success.”
The Rabobank Grant Guide (Dutch name: Subsidiewijzer) can be accessed via partnerinfinancieren.nl.
For more information about Vindsubsidies’ suite of cost-effective funding solutions, please visit Vindsubsidies.
In a bid to share its expertise about how technology is transforming licensing and planning processes, Idox will be participating in this year’s Connected Local Government Live event, which aims to showcase digital advancements across local government services.
Through a series of workshops, masterclasses and awards that focus on a devolved and digitally enabled future, the two-day exhibition brings together innovators across local public services to promote joined-up thinking, collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Idox will be sponsoring and hosting a planning workshop alongside representatives from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). The session has been developed to explore the role of digital in local planning processes, and Idox will share its expertise on how smart technology is influencing the provision of these services.
Other workshops throughout the day will focus on areas such as highways, waste and recycling, libraries, social care and data and insight.
Connected Local Government Live 2017 takes place on 28 and 29 June at The Bond Company in Birmingham, with Idox hosting its planning workshop during the morning of day one.
To visit us on the day and attend the workshop, please book your place at the event here: https://www.connectedlocalgovernment.co.uk
Socitm’s Better Connected programme has released its latest survey results, focused on evaluating the digital performance of licensing user journeys on UK local authority websites.
The Licensing survey reviewed the ease of completing online applications for ‘temporary event notices’ (TENs) in the UK and ‘occasional licences’ in Scotland. Overall, reviewers rated 54% of Scottish sites and 48% of sites in the rest of the UK as ‘good’ or ‘very good’ for this task.
Amongst the series of recommendations made, a key finding revealed that council-owned online forms – functionality achieved thanks to Idox’s digital suite of services – play a significant role in making the overall application process for a TEN easier.
According to reviewers, local authorities with their own licensing application – as opposed to those directing citizens to the GOV.UK website for submission – were ‘much easier to use’. Observations identified that this functionality was absent on most authority websites, with a total of only 16% catering for a TEN submission on their own site.
The latest findings reinforce Idox’s support of the Better Connected programme which continues to celebrate digital best practice in local government, while seeking to identify those tangible areas for improvement. Once again, they reveal that citizens and stakeholders really do value any steps that are put into place to speed up and streamline the online licensing process. Idox’s iApply service does exactly this by providing citizens with a single place to complete all common transactions across all local authorities – and by continuing to help councils implement digital smartly, both citizen engagement and operational processes can be significantly improved for the better.
Idox will be taking to the Better Connected stage at Connected Local Government Live in June 2017, showcasing its portfolio of solutions available to support digital transformation. Join the team there: https://connectedlocalgovernment.co.uk
Idox has once again proven itself as a trusted partner to local authorities across the UK following last week’s local elections. Delivering electoral services to all 32 Scottish councils, the Idox Elections team offered support and expertise via a range of solutions including print services, postal vote management and e-counting software.
Here are just some of the highlights that demonstrate the work involved in delivering the successful Scottish local elections:
- 2.1 million poll cards printed and dispatched
- 43,000 ballot books printed and dispatched
- 773,000 postal packs printed and dispatched
- All of the above catering for an electorate in Scotland of 4.3 million
These latest local elections provided Idox with a second opportunity to supply an effective e-Counting system to the Scottish Government, with the first completed count announced as Orkney Islands at 9:35am following the 4th May election day, demonstrating the speed and accuracy of utilising such a service. While a manual Single Transferable Vote (STV) count can take days, the Idox eCount software scans ballots in hours and calculations take just minutes.
Idox is a chosen partner to deliver Scottish Local Government elections and by-elections until 2021.
Of course, the Election team’s remit goes beyond local elections – our work in this area has served a voting population of more than 13 million across the UK and overseas for over 23 years.
As the country looks ahead to the 8th June General Election, we look forward to ensuring that our customer base of over 80 local authorities navigate a smooth path to elections success.
Let the countdown begin!
For further information about Idox Elections, please visit the dedicated pages.
Idox Health has received a national accolade at a prestigious awards ceremony, held annually to celebrate outstanding business achievements across the Life Sciences and Healthcare Technology sectors.
The Medilink UK Healthcare Business awards – announced on Wednesday (26 April) at the Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2017 in Coventry – declared the company as runners-up in the 'Partnership with the NHS' category, which recognises leading healthcare businesses who forge exemplary collaboration with the NHS, enhancing business performance and patient care.
One of 35 organisations nominated across five categories on the evening, Idox Health earned its place at the national event after being crowned winners at the 2016 West Midlands Medilink awards for the same category.
At the heart of its awards entry, Idox Health discussed its joint venture with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop StrokePad, a tablet-based solution designed specifically to meet Stroke Assessment needs.
The technology is the world's first mobile electronic patient record system for stroke treatment, and enables clinicians to complete initial assessments in a faster, more efficient manner. Consistent with Idox Health's wider work as a leading supplier of digital healthcare solutions, StrokePad removes duplication, ensures excellent data quality, and produces reports against all local, network, and national statutory requirements to support clinicians in delivering excellent patient care.
Please visit the Idox Health website for more information about products and services.
After 12 years of using a research funding information service that had become 'ever less cost-effective', The University of Aberdeen has switched to RESEARCHconnect in a move that the institution believes will provide it with timely funding information and excellent support.
Dr Andrew Phillips, Business Development Officer supporting the research work of the University, describes the institution's decision to subscribe to RESEARCHconnect and the benefits of the service:
"Our ideal provider was one that could deliver timely, accurate funding information, had a keen eye for product development, and offered excellent support before, during and after implementation – all in a way that made good economic sense for us.
"We expected to have to compromise on these requirements – but with RESEARCHconnect, we found exactly what we were looking for.
"Idox's support has continued beyond implementation into ensuring we get the best out of the service on an ongoing basis. That we have such a responsive and dedicated partner in Idox gives us confidence that our decision to invest in this service is justified."
Read the full case study A change for the better, as well as experiences of other RESEARCHconnect users, here.
2017 continues RESEARCHconnect's growth across Europe. Universities will be able to see how the service supports research funding strategy at the EARMA Annual Conference (Malta, 24-26 April), for which RESEARCHconnect returns as Gold Sponsor, and ARMA Annual Conference (Liverpool, 5-7 June). The RESEARCHconnect team looks forward to welcoming all those with an interest in enhancing their approach to research funding at these flagship events.
Read the full case study: A change for the better
Facilities management company Bandera has been able to significantly enhance the service it offers clients after transitioning to CAFM Explorer, an innovative digital solution provided by Idox.
The rollout of CAFM Explorer – a single, web-based tool designed specifically to help organisations maintain well-managed estates, functions and processes – is helping Bandera streamline facilities management tasks across multiple sites, as well as provide a more comprehensive, strategic level of support to its clients in the UK and across Europe.
By facilitating integration with multiple client systems – including Sage, existing building management applications and Idox’s own document management system – Bandera has the flexibility to consolidate disparate systems, essential for a company with a diverse client base.
Previously, the volume of information being processed impacted on Bandera’s ability to provide live data reporting and timely insights to clients. With CAFM Explorer implemented, the company is able to gain a more holistic view of all aspects of the facilities function and offer a CAFM dashboard for every building within their portfolio; improving visibility, reporting capabilities and informed decision-making. Additionally, CAFM Explorer’s maintenance management and self-service helpdesk functionality has played a crucial role in ensuring planned and reactive tasks can be responded to, and monitored, more efficiently, enabling Bandera to deliver the high-quality service its clients expect.
The transition to Idox’s facilities management solution has also been pivotal in helping the company secure new clients and achieve accreditations including ISO 9000, 14000, and OSHAS 18001 management systems.
For more information about CAFM Explorer, visit: http://www.cafmexplorer.com
Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Canadian Natural), one of the largest independent crude oil and natural gas providers in the world, has been working with McLaren Software since 2004 to ensure the safe and effective running of its operations across North America, the North Sea and Offshore Africa.
From managing engineering documents and drawings, right through to overseeing governance documents such as standards, policies and procedures, McLaren has provided Canadian Natural with the digital tools essential to support efficient plant operations.
A recent McLaren project has enhanced Canadian Natural's technology by integrating the enterprise asset and maintenance management (EAM) system with the engineering document management solution (EDMS) to support the maintenance of work orders (MWO). The integration enables correct specifications and procedures to be found more efficiently and ensures maintenance staff have the most up-to-date set of documents – critical to ensuring they undertake work safely.
At Canadian Natural's Horizon Oil Sands (Horizon) operation, more than one million documents currently exist in its repository. Effective management of this 'paperwork' is vital to enable the Horizon team to work productively.
Maximo, the enterprise asset and maintenance (EAM) management system from IBM currently manages the physical assets at Horizon.
Talking about the partnership, Richard Dyson, Maximo Supervisor at Canadian Natural said: "McLaren provides the workforce at Horizon the comfort and peace of mind with knowing that the document that is in the work order is the current, most up to date version. Combining McLaren and the Maximo workflow makes the process seamless and the only manual intervention is when McLaren indicates through the traffic light system that the document is not the current version, alerting proactive action."
To find out more about how Canadian Natural is streamlining plant operations with McLaren Software, read the full case study here.
The Government’s new 5G strategy provides the blueprint for supporting the development and deployment of this new technology and demonstrates a commitment to exploring and maximising the next generation of digital infrastructure in the UK.
But how do we get there?
Just as the 5G vision is seen as an enabler to smarter working, the ambition to continually improve the way we do things is an ongoing project for both public and private sector organisations – and one that Idox has been supporting for many years.
By providing the right digital infrastructure and innovative tools, we are supporting businesses across a range of sectors including local and central government, healthcare, education and more, to improve productivity, deliver positive outcomes and enhance service delivery in a way that meets the rising needs and expectations of society.
In such a digitally-driven age – where plans for 5G technology are on the horizon – our ethos is to equip businesses with the skills and tools they need now and for the future, to ensure they can keep up with the pace of change without getting left behind.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty takes a look at the objectives of the 5G strategy, its scope and the role that local regions will play in supporting future deployments.
You can read the full article here: The 5G arms race: the UK’s strategy to become a global leader in 5G technology
A new centre that will enable individuals to experience how technology can support their independent living has been officially opened by Malta’s Minister for Health Chris Fearne.
emCare, a division of Idox Health and provider of electronic and mobile care, unveiled its new call centre and concept store on Monday (10 April). Located in Swatar, it will act as a retail base for all its products, as well as ensuring a 24/7, quality service to those who use its technology in homes, care centres and health organisations across Malta.
Divided into three main areas, the centre provides a base for the emCare team to meet with customers to discuss their needs, as well as space for them to experience how the technology works in reality. All emCare solutions - which are available to everyone, irrespective of service provider and age – are aimed at empowering individuals to live independently for longer, providing peace of mind that help is available when needed, as well as reducing the pressure on hospitals and clinicians via preventative care.
The opening has also seen emCare welcome new employees, who will join a specially trained team responding to customer needs and emergencies around-the-clock.
Congratulating emCare on this significant investment and its ongoing commitment to the community, Minister for Health, Chris Fearne said: “The health sector in Malta is yet again attracting investment. We are pleased to note that more and more businesses are investing in health. Last year a new private hospital opened its doors, while two medical educational institutions will start operating from our country as from the next scholastic year. A private public partnership, between the Government and Vitals Global Healthcare, will continue to transform the health sector in Malta with a massive investment in health infrastructure. Technology in health is also one of the main priorities in health during the EU Presidency with the ehealth week taking place in May this year.”
Combining healthcare with technology, emCare pioneers a wide range of solutions that deliver continuous and real-time health and environmental monitoring, as well as products that enable individuals to live safely in their own homes for longer.
Launching later this year, its myemCare application will provide individuals with a single, electronic repository to store all their medical records, such as vital signs, medications, care plans, illnesses and lifestyle records. The solution promotes a preventative approach to healthcare, allowing individuals to play a more proactive approach in their own care, whilst ensuring clinicians can identify issues as early as possible.
Ivan Bartolo, Idox Health’s Managing Director, said: “Our vision is to provide consumers with a platform where they can manage their health story, whilst at the same time attempting to bridge the gap between the consumer and the clinician world, making health affordable in the 21st century. Our holistic vision is to help people feel in charge of their own lives, not only as they age, but throughout their lives.”
emCare’s new centre is located on the ground floor level of the Idox Business Centre in Swatar.
For more information about emCare and its range of solutions, visit www.myemcare.com.