Carillion to install bedside terminals
TORONTO – Carillion
Canada celebrated its recent contract win to supply integrated, bedside
information and entertainment terminals to the London Health Sciences
Centre with a visit from the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Mary
Coughlin (pictured on right), at its offices earlier this month
Carillion is a reseller and systems integrator for Irish-based Lincor
Solutions, the maker of the bedside technology. Toronto-based Carillion
Canada won a competition to supply 300 of the terminals to the London,
Ont. hospital corporation, beating out four other bidders for the
The systems will be installed at the LHSC’s Victoria Hospital site.
Carillion Canada CEO Graham Brown (pictured in centre) said the
partnership with Lincor offered the best technology at the lowest
overall price. The Lincor solution is winning deals around the world,
company officials said, because the entertainment and clinical
information can be carried on a single device and secure network,
instead of the two networks required by many other bedside data
The solution runs on the Linux operating system, a widely used ‘open
source system’ that is secure and reliable. Moreover, Lincor, which has
developed its own technology, and Carillion work together to customize
the system to match the needs of hospitals.
The company also works closely with network suppliers like Cisco and
Alcatel to ensure that its solutions mesh with leading data
The Lincor solution, called MEDIVista, offers a number of innovative
features for clinicians and patients that are easy to use. They include
a dietary module which allows patients to order meals, a bed/patient
management application for nurses and also the ability to deliver
As one of the first solutions of its kind in the country, said Brown,
other hospitals will be looking to the London Health Sciences deployment
to assess the technology.
Bob Brown, Director of IT Services at Carillion Canada, observed that
the system can be utilized as a patient safety solution, using the
inbuilt barcode scanner to check that the right medications are given to
the correct patients by scanning the patient’s bracelet, the nurses ID
and the medication container.
The system also helps hospitals improve patient flow, commented Simon
Walsh (pictured on left), Lincor’s Manager of Business Development in
North America, because nurses and staff can alert administrators right
from the bedside when patients are discharged. “Instead of leaving the
bed empty for three hours after a patient has gone, you can let the
front desk administrators know immediately that a bed is ready, thereby
increasing the hospital’s productivity and patient flow,” said Walsh.
On the entertainment side, the terminals bring a host of TV channels and
movies to the bedside, along with Internet, games and telephone.
Patients can purchase the services via vending machines or on-site
staff, just as they commonly rent the use of a television today. Over
time, the fees can be used to pay for the cost of the entire system –
enabling hospitals to finance the deployment of a solution that allows
nurses to enter notes at the point of care, and brings electronic
records and diagnostic images to the bedside for doctor-patient
Coughlin, who is Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise, Trade and
Employment, commented that the system would be invaluable for ensuring
the accuracy of records as patients move from one department to another.
“Patients aren’t required to repeat their personal information every
time they enter a different ward,” she said, as caregivers will be able
to access their records right at the bedside.
Coughlin was visiting Canada on a trade mission. She was accompanied by
Ireland’s ambassador to Canada, Declan Kelly, and by executives from
Irish companies seeking to expand their sales in Canada.
About Carillion Canada
Carillion Canada, based in Toronto, is best known for its success in the
field of P3 (Public-Private Partnership) projects – particularly in the
healthcare sector, where it is the largest provider of construction
services and non-clinical hospital services in Canada. For more
information, see www.carillion.ca.
About Lincor Solutions
Lincor Solutions, founded in 2003, developed its patented MEDIVista
solution for the provision of patient entertainment services and secure
access to clinical applications at the point-of-care in hospitals – the
patient bedside. MEDIVista is a fully digital solution providing a suite
of triple-play entertainment services for patients across Internet, TV
and Telephone as well as access to clinical applications such as
Electronic Patient Records and X-Ray images. Lincor has in excess of
13,000 systems installed in over 50 hospitals worldwide. MEDIVista is
delivered through a network of channel and technology partners.
Posted October 22, 2009