Lincor donates €30k multimedia system to children’s hospital

27 Jul 2011

Dublin technology company Lincor Solutions has donated an integrated clinical and multimedia entertainment system worth €30,000 to LauraLynn House at the Children’s Sunshine Home, Ireland’s first children’s palliative care unit.

The specially designed MEDIVista bedside computers will provide children and their families with intuitive access to TV, games and internet. They will also allow clinical staff to review electronic medical records, make real-time updates, manage treatment plans and record observations when they are at their patients’ bedsides. Lincor’s bedside computers are already installed at more than 20,000 beds in 80 hospitals around the world, including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in the UK.

By providing access to patient entertainment and clinical applications on the same secure device, the bedside system eliminates the need for additional hardware in the rooms and thus helps to maintain a more homely feel. The interface is designed to be easy to use by patients of all ages, while access to the clinical panel and patient medical records is protected by smart card technology thus ensuring high security standards are maintained. The solution is based on state-of-the-art touchscreen computers with integrated telephone handsets and barcode readers.

“The MEDIVista solution offers clinicians secure and timely access to their patient’s medical information, contributing to improved efficiencies and enhancing continuity of care,” explained Richard Cooke, chief executive officer at Lincor Solutions.

“Patients benefit from a wide range of entertainment and communication services, thus improving their experience while receiving medical treatment. It is wonderful to help the Children’s Sunshine Home with the fit-out of LauraLynn House as we know the staff are determined to make the children and their families as comfortable as possible during their stay.”

Lincor Solutions specialises in delivering bedside computing solutions for hospitals and healthcare delivery organisations.

“We are very grateful for the wonderful support shown by Lincor Solutions, these highly intelligent systems will bring great benefits for both the children and our staff,” said Philomena Dunne, CEO, Children’s Sunshine Home.

“It is thanks to the generosity of organisations like Lincor Solutions and thousands of individuals around the country that LauraLynn House has become a reality.”

To open soon

Due to formally open in September, LauraLynn House will provide community-based paediatric palliative and respite care in a unit designed and built specifically for this purpose. The house has eight bedrooms each with an en-suite facility and comfortable living accommodation. Family apartments will enable families to come and stay and be near their children.

The team caring for children and their families includes medical director, consultant paediatrician, nursing team, physiotherapists, dietitian, social worker, speech and language therapist, chaplain and volunteers.

There are about350 child deaths and more than 1,400 children living with life-limiting or threatening conditions in Ireland each year. There are more than 42 children’s hospices in the UK.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years