Canford Healthcare is implementing a major technology programme with international cloud transformation and support company Auxilion.
The care home group, which employs over 1,000 staff across 10 care homes and two domiciliary care businesses in the South East of England, is investing over £115,000 in cloud based technology and services to boost staff efficiency as well as resident and guest facilities.
“Over the last 12 months we have grown from five care homes to ten with staff increasing from 500 to over 1,000. We turned to Auxilion to make sure that our technology keeps pace and provides a scalable platform for future growth,” commented Brian Cooney, managing director, Canford Healthcare.
“Canford has a clear vision of how it wants to become one of the UK’s premier providers of care and support services,” commented Paul Schmitz, chief sales officer, Auxilion. “The implementation of a secure, scalable, reliable and cost effective technology cloud based platform is a one of the fundamental elements in helping to achieve that goal.”
Canford had previously been using on-premises servers and software. Integration between the various care homes was difficult and increasingly so as new locations came on board.
The cost of replacing and maintaining a wide range of on premise servers was expensive and inefficient, the group says.
Auxilion recommended a move to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365 for traditional desktop applications and email. Auxilion also set up Microsoft Azure for secure file and print services. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud based platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services.
As part of the implementation, Auxilion has upgraded Canford’s laptops so as to be able to run email and Office 365 for business.
Senior staff who are on the road are using Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets and can securely access central files from home or anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
Auxilion is also working with Canford to upgrade secure wi-fi connections across all the homes for residents, guests and staff.
The new infrastructure has been carefully integrated with Canford’s specialist care home software application which incorporates care planning and scheduling and minimises administrative tasks to allow staff to focus on residents.
“Auxilion’s implementation and support people have been great,” added Brian Cooney. “We specialise in care and Auxilion demonstrated the same commitment all along the way.”
Canford Healthcare, which has revenues in excess of £30 million, was recently named by accounting firm BDO LLP as one of the top performing mid-market (turnover between £10m-300m) companies in South Central England.