E-Health Insider Shortlists BigHand for ICT Product Innovation Award 2009

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The E-Health Insider has announced the shortlist for the E-Health Insider (EHI) Awards 2009 and has named BigHand as one of three finalists for the ICT Product Innovation of the Year Award. The BigHand for BlackBerry® smartphones application was shortlisted by EHI following a record 200 entries from across the UK and three days of judge's questions and queries. The award recognises companies who were able to demonstrate an innovative approach to generating new products that provide benefits for staff and patients within the healthcare industry.

I am familiar with the use of hard-wired Speechmikes and also handheld portable devices. The only disadvantage of the portable devices is the need to

The E-Health Insider has announced the shortlist for the E-Health Insider (EHI) Awards 2009 and has named BigHand as one of three finalists for the ICT Product Innovation of the Year Award. The BigHand for BlackBerry® smartphones application was shortlisted by EHI following a record 200 entries from across the UK and three days of judge's questions and queries. The award recognises companies who were able to demonstrate an innovative approach to generating new products that provide benefits for staff and patients within the healthcare industry.

BigHand for BlackBerry smartphones is a digital dictation application that enables doctors and clinicians to record clinical and non-clinical dictations onto their BlackBerry smartphone, and then have the recording instantly and securely submitted to internal or external providers.

Paul Curley, Consultant Surgeon at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, commented on his use of BigHand for BlackBerry:

"I am familiar with the use of hard-wired Speechmikes and also handheld portable devices. The only disadvantage of the portable devices is the need to "dock" them to download the audio files and send them to the secretary. Having recently installed the BigHand mobility suite I now use the BigHand application on my BlackBerry. This has revolutionised my ability to transfer audio while on the move. I am now never truly 'away'. Even on train journeys I can dictate, send and be confident that my dictation is being typed without having to touch down at my desk to download. We have seen no deterioration in audio quality and I believe this application will significantly enhance my clinical and administrative work flows."

"The fact that this application is communicating with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server on our secure network gives me confidence in the security of the data. I expect use of the Mobility Suite will be an integral part of our data input strategy for some years to come."

BigHand was also recently selected as one of the preferred suppliers for digital dictation by the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Procurement Hub. The framework agreement removes the requirement to undertake further lengthy tender/RFI processes and allows Trusts to purchase award winning voice technology from BigHand direct.

NHS organisations currently experiencing the benefits of BigHand software include Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Edinburgh University Health Service, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Contact:
Chris Bell, BigHand. Tel: +44 (0)20 7940 5907

About BigHand
BigHand is based out of Chicago, London, Sydney and Toronto. BigHand is the leading voice productivity application in the professional service community and the BigHand for BlackBerry Edition was voted 'Mobile Product of the Year' at the CNET Business Technology Awards 2008. BigHand is currently used by over 900 organisations worldwide. Further information about BigHand in the Healthcare sector is available at http://www.bighand.com/digitaldictation/Healthcare.html

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