SpeechStorm Delivers High-Impact, Low-Cost Emergency Response Management to Belfast Health Trust

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- A customised Emergency Notification solution from SpeechStorm, which uses automated speech to enable self-service, will remove laborious administrative steps from pager management, improve incident response times and incident reporting, and bring costs down-

London & Belfast, UK – December 7th , 2009 – SpeechStorm, (www.speechstorm.com), the specialist provider of phone self-service solutions, has today announced that Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, one of the largest Trusts in the UK employing some 20,000 staff, has deployed the first phase of its automated Emergency Response Management system to transform the way it handles and responds to urgent incidents.

Until now the Trust’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to an incident has relied on a manual process to collate and report on responses from medical staff to an emergency. The system based on pagers has been particularly resource intensive: –

• The daily testing of pagers results in 100’s of calls being managed through an already busy switchboard service
• Weekly “scenario” testing which necessitates the emergency responder to ring in and confirm their name and ETA, further exacerbates manning levels and switchboard capacity

The Trust set about in search of a system that would take the strain off its switchboard and speed up processes while also providing the timely and accurate information vital to ensuring a coherent service is provided in response to an active emergency.

Paul Duffy, Co-Director of IT and Telecoms at Belfast Trust and his team rejected a number of suppliers in favour of SpeechStorm, “We recognised that to make this project a success we would need guidance and expertise and a consultative partnership. SpeechStorm came with the experience, expertise in speech deployment and approach that appealed to us and here we are a few short months later with a system that we have rolled out to over half our pilot groups.” Paul continues, “SpeechStorm has helped to clarify our requirements and decode them and as a result we now have a system that is meeting all our requirements. We can record information more quickly; more pagers can be tested; we are clearly taking the strain off the switchboard; we have better and more comprehensive information so we can provide a better service within current staffing levels; and we have freed up switchboard staff to handle more general public calls.”

The Belfast Trust’s emergency response system is underpinned by SpeechStorm’s Emergency Notification solution which combines an automated, speech-based application with web-based management control. This provides the Trust with a fully automated, real time facility for capturing acknowledgements from responding personnel, along with details of their availability to help with an incident.

The SpeechStorm system harnesses the Trust’s existing data and telephone network and is being used in conjunction with its current emergency pager system, enabling the Trust to fully automate the testing of pagers and indeed test a greater number of pagers than before and capture the required management information, in real time.

“We are delighted to have a progressive forward looking organisation like the Belfast Trust using our technology. By adopting the SpeechStorm Emergency Notification solution, the Trust is able to replace its current live call-handling set-up, and provide a reliable and consistent self-service application, with 24/7 availability,” says Oliver Lennon, CEO of SpeechStorm. “This will have a tremendous impact on efficiency and service, by keeping operating costs down.”

SpeechStorm offers a range of customisable self-service Emergency Management solutions for both public sector and private organisations. These run in a high-availability hosting centre to ensure maximum availability, while keeping ongoing administrative costs low.

About SpeechStorm
SpeechStorm specialises in self-service solutions that manage customer interactions over the phone.

The SpeechStorm portfolio provides a combination of best-fit solutions that give customers the service they want; whether touchtone, SMS, Video or Voice. SpeechStorm transforms the simple phone into a rich interactive tool for accessing content, finding information and interacting with an organisation to fulfil customer requests and optimise customer care goals.

Organisations including Dixons Stores Group International (DSGI), SITA Suez, eircom, Northern Ireland Electricity and Comet rely on SpeechStorm solutions to underpin their business performance and improve the overall customer experience.

Backed by a professional services capability of more than 250 consultants, SpeechStorm is part of Kainos, a leading IT consulting and Systems Integrator. For over 20 years Kainos has been deploying critical customer interaction solutions giving SpeechStorm distinctive edge over most phone self-service specialists. SpeechStorm has offices in the UK and Ireland.

For more information please visit the corporate website on www.speechstorm.com .

About the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
From 1 April 2007, the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust assumed responsibility for services provided by Belfast City Hospital, The Royal Hospitals, The Mater Hospital, Greenpark Healthcare Trust, North and West Belfast and South and East Belfast HSS Trusts.

The six Trusts which joined to form the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust each had a successful and distinguished history and came together to provide an integrated and comprehensive range of health and social care for the people of Belfast and beyond.

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust employs over 20,000 staff (one in 30 of the total NI workforce), providing services for more than 340,000 people in Belfast and regional services to the whole of Northern Ireland. More information can be found at www.belfasttrust.hscni.net

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