Irish software group Oneview Healthcare has won a contract to supply three new hospitals in California.
UCFSF Medical Centre, part of the University of California at San Francisco, chose Oneview to manage its "patient empowerment" programme at its new $1.5 billion Mission Bay hospital, which will feature separate facilities for children, women and cancer patients. It is expected to open ion February next year.
The contract will entail installing terminals at 289 patient beds, allowing doctors and their patients to interact on care programmes. The company has opened an office in San Francisco to support the project. It already has offices in Atlanta in the US, as well as in Dublin, Sydney and Dubai.
The group, founded in 2007 by Mark McCloskey, is headquartered in Dublin, which is the base for its R&D and software development. The company, run by Australian James Fitter, raised €10 million in funding last year and announced plans to expand employment on the back of contract wins in Australia and the US.
It signed an agreement in principle last month with Dubai’s two Mediclinic hospitals to deliver its software solution.
Oneview’s software is designed to bring together diverse hospital IT systems to a single platform. That allows access to any information required when talking to patients via bedside terminals, televisions, tablets and smartphones.
Patients can also access entertainment and treatment education programmes from their beds.
"UCSF is continually looking for ways to use technology to improve our patients' experiences," said Joe Bengfort, chief information officer of UCSF. "By integrating consumer technologies such as smartphones and tablets with a variety of entertainment, education and communications systems at UCSF we are empowering our patients with the ability to interact with their care team, their family and friends and with information about their condition and treatment plan."
Mark McCloskey, president and founder of Oneview Healthcare, said his company was proud to have been selected “by such a prestigious institution that prides itself on being at the forefront of digital health innovation in the increasingly important patient empowerment industry”.
“We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership in the months and years ahead.”
Dr Seth Bokser, medical director of IT for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital said; "It is exciting to think about our patients and families seeking and finding a sense of control right in their own hospital room through technology."