Microsoft independent software vendor (ISV), Celo, has struck a deal with the Canterbury Health System, piloting its new secure mobile application ahead of a potential nationwide rollout.
Designed to provide safe and secure information sharing for healthcare professionals, the purpose built application allows clinicians to collaborate on confidential patient information across personal devices.
Available on both Android and iOS, Celo allows users to chat, consent and capture clinical images from smartphones.
“Until now there has been no secure way for healthcare professionals to use their personal mobiles or tablets to email, text or send confidential patient information to each other on the go,” Celo co-founder and CEO, Stephen Vlok, told Reseller News.
“Clinicians using mobile technology to share patient information seems an obvious step to take in delivering safer, better-informed healthcare.
“Besides the more obvious security risks in using personal devices for work, clinical images taken on a smartphone camera would need to be added to the patient’s clinical record, and there was no easy or secure way to do that.”
Vlok said a key element underpinning the scalability and security of the Celo app is it’s planned hosting on the Microsoft Azure platform, which recently received acceptance from the Ministry of Health for use by New Zealand health organisations.
According to Vlok, the app is currently hosted on infrastructure located in New Zealand.
“By taking advantage of Microsoft Azure, Celo can focus on innovation instead of infrastructure,” he added.
“With it’s acceptance by the Ministry of Health, the Microsoft Azure platform will deliver the security and scalability to enable the next wave of health applications.
“By using the Microsoft Azure framework, we are able to setup a completely automated release pipeline and production environment that scales up as new DHBs and healthcare organisations come online.
“With the Azure Resource Manager templates, Celo’s cloud infrastructure can be deployed to new environments and regions with minimal effort.”
As a result, the Celo apps stands at the forefront of a new wave of healthcare innovations that are being built on the Microsoft Azure platform, leveraging the potential of the cloud both locally and globally.
“The Ministry of Health’s decision to accept the use of Microsoft’s public cloud for storage of personal health records is already helping transform the eHealth agenda in New Zealand, and Celo is a leading example of that transformation,” Microsoft senior director of Health and Social Services Asia, Gabe Rijpma, added.
Founded in 2014, the Christchurch-based company works closely with customers, partners and Government after striking a deal with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) in 2015.
Using world leading security standards usually only available in banking software, Celo is designed to protect patient information from beginning to end.
As explained by Vlok, no patient information is ever stored on an individual device, while integration with Electronic Health Records allows information captured on Celo to be transferred securely to the clinical record.
Canterbury’s eClincial Health Lead and Consultant General Surgeon – Saxon Connor adds that Celo tackles the security issue of using personal mobile devices to communicate patient information
“By using Celo’s secure system, not only is patient safety improved but it also allows a more efficient means of communication including capturing clinical imaging and patient consent,” Canterbury eClincial health lead and consultant general surgeon, Saxon Connor, added.
“Celo’s ability to innovate and promptly respond to clinician feedback has been impressive.”