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£35m Technology Fund for Nursing Care

NHS England is launching a £35m Nursing Technology Fund to support safe, effective, efficient care. NHS England has identified a range of technology-enabled capabilities that will be funded, as part of a competitive bid process, to help NHS Trusts adopt relevant digital solutions for front-line nursing services.

The Silhouette solution meets the criteria for the Nursing Technology Fund in a number of capability areas:

  • Digital images for nursing care
  • Digital capture of clinical data at point-of-care
  • Real-time digital nursing dashboards
  • Remote face-to-face interaction
  • Mobile access to digital care records across the community


This is a unique and significant opportunity for Nursing Care Innovators to step forward and develop a vision and bid for adoption of the Silhouette digital wound assessment system and to push forward capability building and improvements in their wound management services.

The NTF2 Prospectus and application process details are due for release shortly on the NHS England website. See further information on NHS England website

Wound Surveillance, importance of reliable healing trend data for patient care

A new White Paper (July 2014, authored by Dr Mark Nixon, Chief Medical Officer, ARANZ Medical, discusses the importance of using accurate and precise wound measurement and healing trend data to support early and effective clinical management for patients. Based on a sound understanding of wound management trends in the US and other health economies, the author examines the limitations of current wound assessment methods and points the way to a new era of practice when systematic and quantitative tracking of wound healing progress is used routinely to support effective clinical decision-making.A digital imaging and 3-dimensional wound measurement method (Silhouette, ARANZ Medical) is described to illustrate how such novel technologies will play an increasingly important part in enabling clinicians to achieve higher standards of wound surveillance to support effective clinical management of patients.

Download White Paper Summary , 4 pages (WoundSurveillance_FINAL_MNixon_Summary)

Access Full White Paper, 21 pages, visit ARANZ Medical website

Entec Health announced as finalist for E-Health Insider 2014 Awards, July 2014

Entec Health has been selected as a finalist in the EHI 2014 Awards, Health IT Product Innovation Category. EHI received 270 entries in its call for Health IT Excellence, with some 70 shortlisted projects invited to present to the EHI Judging Panel during July 2014.

Entec Health’s submission is built around the theme of “Transforming wound assessment practice for improved patient care”. The company is working across the NHS to raise awareness and partner on adoption of Silhouette, an innovative wound assessment and information management technology, to address some of the unmet needs of current wound management practice.

Traditional methods of wound assessment are paper-based, cumbersome and unreliable. The Silhouette innovation supports health professionals to transform wound assessment practice and clinical management of patients with wounds, utilising digital imaging, 3D wound measurement, quantitative wound healing progress data and electronic data capture at the point of care.

The EHI 2014 Awards submission presented by Entec Health incorporated qualitative evidence and user experience from the Kings College Diabetic Foot Clinic, where the clinical team are pioneering the use of Silhouette for assessing diabetic foot ulceration, initially in their clinical research programme and clinical development plans. Following successful clinical validation of Silhouette, the Kings Diabetic Foot Clinic team and nursing colleagues are preparing to expand the use of Silhouette into clinical practice during 2014.

“The EHI 2014 Awards are a great platform to acknowledge the importance and value of Health IT excellence and innovation. We are delighted to be selected as a finalist and welcome the recognition given to the successful collaboration between Kings College Hospital health professionals and industry partners Entec Health and ARANZ Medical. We represent a great example of how collaborative success is possible through having a common goal of moving clinical practice forward for optimal patient care. “ commented Achala Patel, Managing Director, Entec Health

The EHI 2014 Awards winners will be announced at the EHI Awards Ceremony in London in October 2014.

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Digital technology collaboration with West Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Following participation at an Industry Partners Stakeholders event hosted by West Midlands AHSN, Entec Health and WM AHSN Digital Leads are working closely to engage partner NHS Trusts on the opportunity for adoption of Silhouette for improved wound assessment practice and health informatics capability building.

Based on Silhouette’s value as an enabling technology for improved clinical management of patients with wounds, the WM AHSN Digital Leads are putting the Silhouette solution on the radar of their partner NHS Trusts to seek feedback and facilitate further dialogue where Trusts are ready to consider the Silhouette innovation to support the organisation’s strategic plan for improved patient safety, outcomes and care.

WM AHSN is keen to catalyse and support adoption of relevant digital technologies by partner NHS Trusts to support priority clinical areas, with a view to delivering enhanced patient benefits, improved efficiencies and cost-effectiveness.

See the Entec Health case study on page 9 of WM AHSN Annual Report 2014

Entec Health now a member of West Midlands Medilink

“Entec Health is a SME, a small-medium enterprise, which welcomes alliances that can support market success. We have become a member of West Midlands Medilink and are working closely together to develop regional health sector opportunities and support our growth as a health innovation provider. The support and professionalism has been outstanding from day one.” commented Achala Patel, Managing Director, Entec Health.