Feabhas consultancy gives the Deb Group a helping hand

Improving software development processes for next generation hand hygiene compliance monitoring

PRESS RELEASE: Feabhas, the UK’s leading independent provider of embedded software development training and consultancy is pleased have recently supported the Deb Group.

Healthcare-associated infections remain one of the most significant sources of morbidity and mortality among hospital patients worldwide.

However, monitoring compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in HealthCare is not always easy. Self-reporting of hand hygiene compliance by Health Care Workers (HCW) has been shown to be unreliable, as HCWs often tend to overestimate their level of compliance.

Feabhas helps Deb Group Improve software development processes for next generation hand hygiene compliance monitoringTo help to combat this issue, the DebMed Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance System (EHHCS), automatically detects hand-wash "events" to more accurately monitor hand hygiene compliance. This is achieved by installing an Electronic Monitoring System inside the soap dispenser, which automatically reports to a web-based Dashboard DebMed GMS for analysis.

So when it came to developing the next generation of the EHHCS system, the Deb Group was keen to ensure they were continuing to use the best and latest practices, as part of their embedded software development process.

Feabhas responded to their initial Agile-related enquiry by suggesting a short consultancy project. This involved a day’s audit of Deb’s embedded software development process and practices, followed by a detailed report and practical recommendations.

Deb Group was delighted with the outcome. Paul Dodds, Electronics Development Manager, immediately started putting some of the learning into practice and updating Deb’s suite of development tools to enable full use of the techniques we covered on the day. He said:

“I found the day to be of tremendous value. It opened my eyes to a world of opportunities; not only how we ‘should’ be working but also how we ‘could’ be working. It’s fair to say that it has completely changed the way I work!

The report was excellent. The content reflected the details of how we currently work, the steps we discussed on the day, whilst going further and directing further research. Finally, I have to say that the Feabhas blog is a very useful resource indeed and the work I have done above reflects that as I drew it all from the blog.”

Niall Cooling, MD at Feabhas, adds

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Paul to improve the embedded processes at Deb Group. Paul’s feedback is testimony to how a short consultancy project can make a real difference - and very quickly. And we wish them well with their future developments."

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