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PODFather announces contract award with NHS

PODFather announces contract award with NHS Provider in Cumbria to implement a real-time patient record tracking solution.

PODFather Ltd, a leading mobile workforce management software company, announced today that its route planning and electronic proof of delivery solution has been procured by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The deal is a breakthrough into the healthcare sector for PODFather, who will shortly be deploying their solution to track patient records from clinics to hospitals as porters carry them from site-to-site across the whole region.

The PODFather solution includes unique facilities to improve collection round scheduling, route planning and optimisation which will drive efficiencies and ultimately reduce costs for the NHS. The porters will receive instruction about which sites to visit and record patient record bags collected at each site via the PODFather Android application, with the movements visible in real-time.

Stephen Prince, Estates and Facilities Manager for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said, “We chose PODFather because it will complement our strategy for cost improvements by making positive and sustainable changes to our working processes. It helps prevent the risk of assets and health records being lost or misplaced, and improves the scheduling efficiencies of ad-hoc and regular tasks for our courier operations.”

Colin McCreadie, Managing Director of PODFather, adds, “The PODFather Healthcare system is being developed with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust so it can be easily adopted by any NHS organisation to streamline admin processes and improve the visibility of the transportation of patient records and other equipment assets as they are moved by the courier teams both within the Cumbria region as well as neighbouring Trusts. We’re delighted to be awarded this contract and working with the NHS to introduce more efficient practices.”