LONDON, November 8 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday 7th November 2007, the BT e-Health Insider Awards took place at BAFTA in London's Piccadilly to recognise and reward the efforts of the UK's leading healthcare information and communications technology (ICT) teams. The Awards showcased successful projects that have delivered real patient benefits including reduced waiting times, better access to patient information and successful sharing of information across disparate communities.

The five categories in which entries were judged conventionally were:

Primary Care ICT Team of the Year

Acute Care ICT Team of the Year

Community and Mental Health Care ICT Team of the Year

Excellence in Healthcare Information Management

Healthcare Business ICT Support Team of the Year

A sixth category for the Healthcare ICT Champion of the Year was judged by e-Health Insider readers themselves in an online poll that attracted over 1000 votes.

The Awards were hosted and organised by the healthcare IT industry's leading online publication, e-Health Insider in partnership with BT - one of the world's biggest providers of networked IT services to the healthcare market. Jon Hoeksma, Editor of E-Health Insider said: "Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. They provide a very heartening picture of the talent, innovation and resourcefulness that is moving information technology forward in our health services. It was particularly pleasing, too, to see so many readers taking part in the awards by voting in the category for Healthcare ICT Champion of the Year."

The Primary Care ICT Team of the Year award was won by NHS Tayside Health Informatics Team, nominated for a raft of initiatives and achievements spanning both primary and secondary care including the implementation of a region-wide system for clinical information exchange which links patients' health records across boundaries. The other finalists included Liverpool PCT and North Staffordshire Health Intelligence Service.

The Acute Care ICT Team of the Year award went to Countess of Chester Hospital ICT Team who brought together many IT developments that others are still striving for and added some innovative services to meet local needs. Other finalists were: Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Community and Mental Health Care ICT Team of the Year award went to Tower Hamlets Care Community for its implementation of the NHS London Programme for IT electronic Single Assessment Process which allows over 200 staff from the NHS and social services to share information about people in their care. The other finalists included Central Surrey Health and York Deaf Child and Family Service.

The Excellence in Healthcare Information Management award went to Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust for a nurse-led initiative to introduce electronic surveying tools to gather patient opinion on hospital care. The result is a huge rise in the number of patients' opinions expressed and the trust is committed to acting on these. Other entries shortlisted for the award were from Newham PCT and cervical cytology reporting software specialists, Cyres.

Healthcare Business ICT Support Team of the Year award went to Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust the UK's first web-based blood tracking system. The implementation has achieved complete tracking and traceability of all blood products used by the trust and integrates with other systems in the trust allowing a seamless transfer of the transfusion information into electronic patient records. The two other finalists were Health Solutions Wales and Birmingham East and North PCT.

Finally, the Healthcare ICT Champion of the Year was won by Dr Mike Bainbridge, Clinical Architect at Connecting for Health. A qualified GP, Dr Bainbridge was nominated for many achievements in GP computing, specifically for his contribution to the production of a new Mobile Clinical Assistant which makes electronic health records available to mobile health workers.

BT's Sir Jonathan Michael said: "This year's entries cover a wide range of success stories, providing real life examples of how clinicians, managers and IT professionals up and down the country are working together to make a difference to the lives of both healthcare staff and patients, in new, exciting and very practical ways."

For further information about the finalists, winners and their stories, please contact Corrie Williams at E-Health Insider or go to http://www.e-health-insider.com

Background to E-Health Insider

e-Health Insider, http://www.e-health-insider.com is the only independent online news and information service dedicated to UK healthcare information technology. Over 20,000 IT industry and NHS professionals are registered users of the e-Health Insider portal and readers of its weekly newsletter.

Contact: Corrie Williams, E-Health Insider, M: +44(0)7802-546833, E: corrie@bdmsuk.com