Three NHS Trusts Choose BigHand Voice Technology

BigHand has signed up three more U.K. hospital trusts for its digital dictation software through the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Framework, incorporating some 2,000 users. These contracts are in addition to the decision of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust to bring in BigHand last month, and that of Oxford & Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Trust in December. BigHand voice software is used by more than 100,000 people and 1,000 public sector and professional services organizations globally.

The three NHS Trusts to have ordered BigHand voice software include:

  • Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust; and
  • Airedale NHS Trust.

During 2009, BigHand was selected by the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commercial Procurement Collaborative for the provision of digital dictation and speech recognition. This framework is available to trusts across the United Kingdom and removes the need for time-consuming tender processes.

"This is a major step for NHS trusts in the process of implementing initiatives to help meet key national targets, reinforcing that these clients are all engaged in the process to deliver 21st century medicine in a fast, safe way to the highest standards of clinical governance," said Stephen Brooker, a current non-executive director at an NHS trust and consultant for BigHand.

Other NHS Trusts that have already invested in BigHand technology include, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, and The Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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