Latest News

UK moves to ban fax machines in hospitals, New Zealand dragging its feet

September 23rd 2018

This week research by the Royal College of Surgeons found NHS hospitals trusts remained heavily reliant on fax machines – with more than 8000 machines still in use in England – prompting calls to modernise the IT infrastructure of the health service. Chief digital and information officer at The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Richard Corbridge said the NHS could not “afford to continue living in the dark ages”, and New Zealand risked falling into the same trap.

Corbridge is spearheading the ‘Axe the Fax’ campaign at The Leeds Hospital Trust — pledging to remove almost all its “antiquated” fax machines by 2019.

The sectors’ reliance on fax machines presents multiple shortfalls, chief executive of health IT company Celo, Steve Vlok said. First, “it’s just a number, it’s very easy to put the wrong number in”. If you get the number wrong, sensitive files can go to anyone. Even if it reaches the right person there’s no traceability, as a fax number goes to a device not an individual. Documents just sit in the tray waiting to be picked up, which is not ideal if its an urgent lab result or referral, Vlok said. “You don’t know who has read it, if they’ve read it, what they’ve done with it…” It also took away from time spent with patients – uploading, scanning, faxing and filing a document was “time wasted” – and having those documents sitting around was “not the best way to store confidential information”.

SOURCE: Stuff→

Celo the safe-snapping app

May 24th, 2018

Medical staff cannot use WhatsApp, Snapchat or Text Messaging when sending private medical information to one another as this is insecure. Celo fills this gap as it offers a secure and compliant solution for communication in the medical field. Christchurch Hospital Paediatrician Dr John Garrett says the Celo app has been invaluable for his work. Celo is the preferred method of communication in the Paediatrics department. Celo behaves more like a mobile banking app, where nothing is stored on the device and nobody can access information without the user’s unique PIN code. All users on a Celo network are verified, so there is no chance of a user accidentally sending patient images to someone who doesn’t work in healthcare.  The wide utilisation of Celo ensures the best experience for patients as shown at the Canterbury District Health Board.

SOURCE: Voxy →

Instant messaging app for healthcare professionals comes to South Canterbury

April 24, 2018

Celo was honoured to be mentioned in the Timaru Herald for helping Doctors, Pharmacists and Nurses communicate more efficiently and effectively. According to pharmacist John Kennedy of Moyle’s Pharmacy, Celo’s main advantage to the healthcare sector is that doctors can be contacted directly, securely and without being interrupted. Unsecured and inefficient communication is currently a big problem in the healthcare sector so it has been a relief to Kennedy and Canterbury doctors that Celo allows him to get answers “instantly or within 15 minutes”. Celo has helped free up phone lines in Canterbury healthcare establishments and has made it easier for doctors to keep a record of requests and the answers they have given. The Canterbury Health Board is paving the way for other health boards and organisations to follow by working with Celo and striving towards a better means of communication amongst the sector.

SOURCE: Timaru Herald →

Canterbury extends roll-out of secure messaging app

April 16th, 2018

The Canterbury DHB and Celo are working together to enable Christchurch doctors to communicate securely to speed up diagnostic and treatment decision making and make healthcare a faster and more efficient experience for patients in Canterbury. Celo allows medical professionals to communicate with each other, send documents and photographs, and safely share patient details within a secure, encrypted digital network. Christchurch Hospital consultant plastic surgeon Jeremy Simcock says that while medical images are part of the medical record, there is another group of images that are taken on a more ad hoc basis to assist decision making in an acute environment. “The CDHB recognised that it was useful to patients to have those images being communicated, but it needed to be secure. That’s why Celo developed the app, and we piloted it and showed it practically worked and was easy to use, as that was the key thing to get right,” Simcock told eHealthNews. The Christchurch DHB is leading the way for DHB’s around New Zealand to follow to ensure improved and safer healthcare for all patients in the country.

SOURCE: eHealthNews →

Highlights of Celo at the New Zealand Health Informatics (HiNZ) Conference 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand

November 4th, 2017

Celo was proud to present and exhibit their solution at the 2017 Health Informatics New Zealand conference in Rotorua. Check out the highlights of the conference here!

Celo New Zealand Health IT Innovation finalist alongside Orion Health

NZHIT award

November 3, 2017

Celo was proud to be awarded a New Zealand Health IT innovation finalist award during the Health Informatics Conference in Rotorua this week. This is an exciting recognition for Celo and testament to the innovation that has been developed since Celo’s inception in late 2014.

To find out more about Celo and our innovation strategy moving forward please get in touch with us using the Contact page.