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NHS South Worcestershire CCG pilots new technology from Advanced and Black Pear to enhance palliative care

NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the trial of newly integrated technology from Advanced and Black Pear. This will ensure information can be shared more effectively between primary care providers and Out of Hours (OOH) and NHS111 providers on behalf of the three clinical commissioning groups in Worcestershire. The 12-month pilot began…
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Black Pear provides interoperability between three major GP systems

Black Pear Ltd is delighted to announce that we are now nearing the end of piloting our eRA (electronic Referrals and Appointments) application with 16 TPP practices at Swindon CCG. This is enabling seamless integration between the Urgent Care Centre and their EMIS Web, TPP SystmOne and INPS Vision GP practices. The solution was initiated…
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Endeavour for Better Interoperability

Black Pear are delighted to announce contribution of resources and IP to Endeavour Health’s project to create an open source interoperability framework for the NHS. New charity Endeavour Health has been founded by Dr David Stables, co-founder of EMIS, to kickstart better information sharing within the NHS. Stables said that “the glue of interoperability between…
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A new eRA for Invicta Health

We are pleased to announce we will be working with Invicta Health to assist in delivering services to improve access to GPs for patients as part of a Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund pilot in South Kent Coast. Invicta Health CIC are a federation of GP practices working across East Kent. The challenges this area faces…
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IDAP: the way forward for patient apps?

Black Pear have recently been involved in a proof of concept solution for IDAP (Identity Assurance Programme) within the primary care arena. With the future moving towards patients accessing their own medical records and services, it is essential that we ensure data is being shared with the appropriate person only.  This is not just a…
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Black Pear provides interoperability between Vision and EMIS

Black Pear’s interoperability framework, pyrusConnect, forms an integral part of the INPS solution used to allow Vision practices to read and write data to and from EMIS Web practices. The solution will be implemented to enable Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs (BDHR) deliver its Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund initiative to extend access to GP services.…
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Black Pear welcomes Cheryl aboard

At the start of 2015, we were delighted to see a new face join the Black Pear team. Cheryl Cowley joins us from HSCIC with a wealth of experience; an impressive career to date, she was also the first woman to be awarded the John Perry prize in 2003 by BCS PHCSG for her personal…
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Urgent care centres to relieve pressure on A&E

Over the course of 2014 and providing much of the focus for 2015, Black Pear are working towards providing eReferral solutions for Urgent Care Centres, with these services aligned to the objectives set by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. GPs are best placed to manage patients with long term conditions but are spending much of their…
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Press Release: Worcestershire palliative care moves into digital age

Black Pear Software, a Worcestershire-based healthcare informatics company, recently secured a contract to provide the Worcestershire Well Connected Programme with a new innovative integrated solution to support palliative care in Worcestershire. The solution will enable for the first time genuine integration of health and care agencies, allowing health care professionals to provide patients in palliative…
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Healthcare App To Enhance Patient Care and Save GPs’ Time

In collaboration with INPS, we have developed an iPad application allowing GPs to access their registered patients’ records wherever they are. Whilst the main goal is to improve patient safety by reducing prescribing errors, the app is also saving GPs precious time as consultation notes are updated during home visits, rather than back at the…
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Black Pear contracted for GPSoC Lot 2 framework

We are pleased to announce we have successfully been contracted by HSCIC for the GPSoC LOT 2 (General Practice Systems of Choice) procurement framework. As part of this framework, Black Pear offer the following services: pyrusKit (formerly known as myHealthForms) A tool for the rapid development of clinical apps. This can be supplied either as…
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Connecting GPs to patient oriented services in Liverpool CCG

Black Pear Software is working alongside More Independent (Mi), a Government-funded initiative, to enable GPs to refer patients into any of the Mi services.  These services may be conventional telehealth services or could even be apps e.g. for weight loss.  Currently we are working on the proof of concept stage, after which there look to be…
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Happy Birthday Black Pear

CEO reflects on 5 year history It is exactly five years since I founded Black Pear Software to deliver the next generation of healthcare software to clinicians and patients. The intervening years have seen us deliver a number of innovative apps whilst developing the powerful set of frameworks that underpin them. This month we are…
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YouTube channel kicks off with Vision Anywhere demo

Last week Black Pear’s YouTube channel went live, so you can now keep up to date with all our latest developments by simply clicking subscribe. Our first post is a demonstration video showcasing Vision Anywhere, the first native IOS app for GPs in the UK. Vision Anywhere allows GPs to access their patients’ records wherever…
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Black Pear wish Oli well on his stateside switch

“My lasting impression of Black Pear will be one of a strong, friendly, experienced work-family,”Oli Wilkie, Black Pear’s departing Java Software Engineer, knew what Black Pear is about. Though the team is sad to see one of its own fly the nest this autumn, we can find solace in the knowledge that a bright future…
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Black Pear adds a familiar face to the team

This summer Black Pear welcomed an old friend back into the team, Anthony ‘Anth’ Bryan, all the way from Australia. Anth has worked with most of the team in Health Informatics under one guise or another for the best part of 15 years, but left these shores for sunnier pursuits down under a few years…
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Black Pear gains a place on the GPSoC-R framework

Black Pear is proud to announce we have successfully gained a place on the new GPSoC LOT 1 (General Practice Systems of Choice) procurement framework to deliver mobile clinical applications and advanced data entry forms. We look forward to working with HSCIC to enable GPs and their practices to leverage the power of interoperable mobile…
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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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Press Release: INPS announces iPad solution to provide GPs with online and offline access to patient records

London, 3 December 2013: INPS has announced a new iPad app that gives GPs secure access to their Vision patient records during home visits. Developed in collaboration with medical mobile technology specialists Black Pear Software, the app provides both online and offline access to Vision, allowing GPs to view and add information to patient records…
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Open Health Integration Group

We have been a little quiet on here as of late but not as a result of lack of things to say. On the contrary, we’ve been bursting at the seams with work and are looking forward to demonstrating our latest apps at EHI Live (stand H30). Also of note, we have recently become part…
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Commissioning Show / Health+Care 2013 – Stand J52

Looking forward to exhibiting at the Commissioning Show on Wednesday and Thursday this week at London Excel. Come and visit us on stand J52, where we’re available to discuss and demo our framework of products. We’re also offering a fabulous chance to win an iPad mini!
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Hospital-based consultants perform virtual glaucoma reviews

We are delighted to have been involved in this innovative mobile setup with Moorfields Eye Hospital which allows us to bring glaucoma assessments closer to the patient, allowing them to rapidly gain access to the required optimal care. The solution, developed by Moorfields Eye Hospital‘s OpenEyes team, Charing Systems and ourselves, uses iPads in remote community…
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Black Pear and Moorfields delivering interoperability

Over the last couple of months, we have been working in collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital and Charing Systems to develop a prototype solution to enable clinical information sharing between community ophthalmology clinics and hospitals.  Funded by the NHS Information Sharing Challenge Fund, the project focuses on patients attending clinics for their initial assessment of…
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Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013

Recently, Black Pear have been involved in some exciting work with Sintero, producing a prototype document viewer app. In essence, the app enables simple document sharing between organisations with the documents being made available on an iPad. We can see countless scenarios where this could be utilised, making a considerable difference to patient care by…
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EHI Live retrospective

Sadly, I was unable to make it to EHI Live last week, so after a catch up with my fellow colleagues, I have captured some of their key observations. I have to confess, we were somewhat sceptical as to whether the conference would be of any benefit to us. (I’m as candid as they come!)…
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Turn planned healthcare into a reality – EHI Live (Stand F50)

We’re at EHI Live on Tuesday and Wednesday (stand F50), where we will be showcasing genuine interoperability between Vision 360 and myHealthFile (iRIS). Come and absorb the power of Salus, actionable analytics at their best. With automatic clinical rules analysis of an entire population, ‘to do’ lists by patient or task category are created. Perfect…
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How myHealthFile could improve Dementia Services

The current systems in place for the provision of dementia management pose some serious limitations, which could be costly to the patient, carers and the NHS. Currently, there is no clinical decision support and with the absence of a prescribing module, clinical safety and effectiveness of treatment is at significant risk. Existing systems offer no…
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HETT Expo 2012 – Stand 193

With only 1 week to go, we’re really looking forward to exhibiting at Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo on Tuesday 9th October at Olympia 2, London. Come and visit us on stand 193, where we’re available to discuss new services requiring mobile EHR. Don’t delay!
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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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Deciphering the Jargon: What does iOS 6 hold for medical computing?

Depending on where your interests lie, you may have watched Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote speech, the presentation that marks the opening of their annual week-long developer conference in San Francisco. Those that didn’t may be asking ‘why should I care?’ Since two members of the Black Pear Team were present at the conference, we would…
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MasterChef, healthcare and computers – what’s that about?

Every now and then new ingredients, cooking methods, trends and gadgets emerge that challenge recipes, menus and how they are served. Constructing the right menu with recipes to attract your target clientele, satisfy their needs and deliver a positive customer experience whilst maintaining a financial balance, is a tricky business. MasterChef seeks to find cooks…
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HANDI NE Cluster Meeting 4th July 2012

Looking forward to the first NE cluster meeting where Dunmail will be leading the discussion about the app development process, followed by informal chat and networking opportunities.  The meeting takes place on Wednesday 4th July 2012, 6-8pm at The Post Office, Newcastle NE1 5PW.  For further information or to book your place, see the HANDI website.
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Resources and tools for app development

The following products, ideas and resources were referenced from my presentation at the HANDI launch workshop in Newcastle. I hope that these may provide some solutions, ideas and inspiration!
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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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Primary care faces 'app explosion'

David’s presentation at Primary Health Info 2012 has attracted interest in the eHealth press with this article on eHealth Insider.
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What does the future of primary care computing look like?

I founded Black Pear Software to enable the next generation of primary care computing by providing clinicians with informatics tools to underpin better services and patients with the knowledge to better manage their own health. I’m delighted to have been asked to address the British Computer Society Primary Healthcare Specialist Group on ‘The future of…
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