The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield uses JAOtech Smart Terminals to access Electronic Medical Records

JAOtech Smart Terminals form the interface of an innovative system that delivers electronic patient records to the bedside at The Children’s Hospital, Sheffield. Delivered by ANS Group in partnership with Provision Network, a division of Quest Software, the system is to be rolled out across all 140 bedside terminals at the hospital, as well as other computers used by clinical staff at nursing stations and in offices.

JAOtech’s terminals were originally installed to provide patients with free entertainment, education and communication. ANS Group installed an authentication module and some specialist client software on each terminal, to provide clinicians with access to a clinical desk top when inserting their Connecting for Health (CfH) smart card into the JAOtech smart card reader provided and entering their pass-code. Removing the card instantly closes the desktop, and returns the terminal to the application last used by the patient. The system is very secure, and no data is held on the terminal itself at any point.

The scheme was part of our vision when we installed the Patient Interactive Systems, and we are thrilled to see it brought to reality,” explains Russell Banks, Head of IT, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. “The solution will allow medical and nursing staff to increase the time they spend on patient care, giving patients more individual attention by providing quick and convenient access to the records and data they need – and eliminating the long standing problem of space at nurses’ stations.

According to Paul Sweeney, Managing Director of ANS Group, “The availability of clinically proven touch screen PC terminals running Windows at each bed in the hospital was a significant bonus and will greatly increase the efficiency of the clinicians. JAOtech’s terminals provided all the hardware features required to support the requirements of our system.”

The JAOtech 17-inch Obie Smart Terminals supplied to the hospital are specifically designed for the hygienic and noise-free environment of a hospital ward, and use an intuitive touch screen user interface. In addition to the new patient records system, they offer patients free radio, TV, internet, and telephony, as well as computing facilities and an education service to ensure that essential learning is available to long-term patients, so they do not fall behind on schooling and can develop their skills.  The all-in-one terminals are fanless, use wipe-down anti-bacterial plastics and are sealed front and back to IP65 and IP64, which protects against dust and water.

ANS Group partnered with Quest Software to deliver the virtual desktop allowing clinicians to access patient records which are updated in real-time. It is based on the Virtual Access Suite provided by Provision Network, a division of Quest Software.

The SmartiD authentication, provided by ANS Group, ensures that clinical desktops are only available when the CfH smartcard is inserted, and automatically reverts back to the default systems once the card is removed, at the point where it left off. The interactive systems themselves do not hold any data once the smartcard is removed, thereby eliminating the danger of data theft. The solution allows a highly scalable Microsoft Windows service to run inside a virtual machine appliance. The interactive systems communicate with the virtualised datacenter via a web interface[0], allowing medics access to the virtual infrastructure and patient records.

About Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust is one of only four dedicated Children's Hospital Trusts in the UK providing integrated, highly specialist health care for children and young people in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and beyond.

The Trust was rated as the best children’s NHS hospital trust in the country in the Healthcare Commission Annual Report 2008 and retained its ‘Excellent’ score in both the Quality of Service and Use of Resources categories.

The Trust is in the middle of rolling out a bespoke bed head interactive system for the children supported by the Trust’s charity (The Children’s Hospital Charity).

About ANS Group

ANS Group is a technology infrastructure specialist in the provision of hardware, software and 24/7 managed services to Enterprise businesses. Operating within both public and private sectors, its leading and award-winning solutions are offered in four key areas; Data Centre, Networking and Security , Unified Communications and Collaboration and Managed Services.

Based in Manchester, ANS Group delivers consistently high levels of customer service through all project deployments and ongoing support to its 400 plus client base. Working closely with key partners Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware and Smart Identity allows ANS Group to offer an unrivalled level of expertise and experience in the multifaceted industry of IT.

About Quest Software, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc., a leading enterprise systems management vendor, delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases, Windows infrastructure and virtual environments. Quest also provides customers with client management through its ScriptLogic subsidiary and server virtualization management through its Vizioncore subsidiary. Through a deep expertise in IT operations and a continued focus on what works best, Quest helps more than 100,000 customers worldwide meet higher expectations for enterprise IT. Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at

About JAOtech

JAOtech is a market leader in the design and manufacture of a high performance, innovative range of embedded Smart Terminals™. JAOtech patient entertainment and point-of-care terminals are CUL60601 and CUL60601-1 compliant by design, and over 35,000 have been installed in hospitals worldwide in partnership with approved technology partners. The terminals provide a core solution for a host of interactive healthcare applications providing secure access to Electronics Medical Records (EMR) and offering triple-play solutions for patient entertainment. JAOtech is dedicated to the betterment of healthcare IT.

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