Posts by Black Pear

Finalists: Spectator Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018

We are thrilled to announce that we are finalists in the Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018! Our submission described how we untangled disparate digital record systems to provide one simple, shared care record exemplified by End of Life Care Plans; how eRA appointments, used by NHS 111 slices through the cumbersome hurdles patients…

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Black Pear assists in reducing A&E attendance

Black Pear is significantly helping to reduce A&E attendance and cut emergency waiting times by reducing the number of people wrongly referred into an already stretched service. Instead of calling an ambulance or advising patients to attend A&E directly, emergency 111 call handlers can now use integrated software to refer patients to Out of Hours,…

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Point to Point Data Sharing

There has been lots of debate in the news regarding care.data and one of the questions we’ve been asked is, “Would it be possible to share data directly with the data processor, rather than sending all data via HSCIC?”. We think it would be possible and this would be our proposal for the high level…

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Improvising a portable satellite internet link

We have recently deployed iRIS to a mobile clinic that can provide community-based treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), a degenerative eye disease. The clinic is a mobile unit based in a lorry and therefore we need to provide Internet connectivity from wherever the clinic happens to stop! We initially investigated using 3G…

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Openness and the prisoner's dilemma

The arguments in favour of open standards and open source are compelling. Philosophically, I find appeal in the principle that my work should be available to all those who would benefit. Even from a cynical, tax-payer’s perspective, I would rather that products whose creation has been paid for out of public funds should be freely…

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HANDI launches in Newcastle

I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be speaking at the HANDI launch workshop in Newcastle on 9th May. HANDI is a new not-for-profit venture – The Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation – supporting creation and adoption of lightweight healthcare apps for patients, carers and health and care professionals and thereby enabling IT to transform health and care.

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