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21 May, 2020 - 13:10 By Tony Quested

Papworth takes advanced Bleepa technology from Feedback

Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge has renewed a contract for clinical PACS (picture archiving and communication system) services with fellow cluster organisation Feedback Medical.

The renewal will incorporate an upgrade to service, providing the Trust access to Bleepa®, Feedback’s flagship imaging-based communication platform.

The contract, set for a term of 14 months, relates to Feedback’s Cadran PACS which has provided core medical imaging services to the Trust since 2001. 

The contract includes the use of Bleepa® as an upgrade to Cadran Web Viewer and will see Bleepa® made available to all clinicians at the Trust.

Royal Papworth Hospital, now based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus,  is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, treating more than 100,000 patients each year.

Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital now performs more heart, heart-lung and lung transplants each year than any other UK centre.

In addition to transplantation, Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and is one of five UK centres providing Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) to patients experiencing severe respiratory failure.

For Feedback, the contract marks the second NHS site to adopt Bleepa® as a core imaging tool and is further recognition of the potential that Bleepa® has to enhance clinical care delivery. 

The first site was the Pennine Acute NHS Hospitals Trust which is using Bleepa® to support frontline staff to manage Covid-19 patients.

Feedback plc CEO Tom Oakley said: “Papworth has been a longstanding customer of Feedback and we are delighted that they recognise the value of Bleepa® as part of this renewal.

“Enabling critical review at the push of a button, Bleepa® has the functionality to bring significant efficiencies and deliver real time-saving potential for its clinicians.

“The launch of Bleepa® at Papworth is further evidence of the changing needs of frontline clinicians around their interaction with medical imaging and with colleagues, something that we are uniquely positioned to enable. We will now look to continue the spread of Bleepa to other opportunities across the healthcare setting.”

Bleepa® provides instant and remote access to clinical grade medical images through a zero footprint application. The majority of patient cases require medical imaging which can be seamlessly shared to the entire clinical team through Bleepa®.

Cases can be discussed through its secure instant messaging and image annotation, allowing comments and treatment decisions to be communicated instantly between team members.

Bleepa® can be accessed from any internet connected device including phones, tablets, laptops and desktops; clinicians can use their own devices and therefore no additional hardware is required.

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