Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust will deploy a cloud-based networking system which will ensure security for the hospital, according to its Director of IT. The cloud system will ensure\u00a0the organisation's patient data records are \u2018secure\u2019 while also keeping up to the speed the network requires, in the \u201cbusy\u201d hospital. (See also: Yeovil Hospital NHS Trust aims to go paperless with digital patient records)\nDirector of IT David Walliker at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hopsital NHS Trust has overhauled the cloud system which will allow the hospital to gain its \u201cGlobal Digital Excellence Status\u201d, in being one of only 12 NHS Trusts across England to deliver the digital technology. The digital transformation, led by Walliker, will be part of the government\u2019s plan to invest in technology in the healthcare sector.\nThe cloud service will support the Royal Liverpool\u2019s new \u00a3335m hospital in helping to transform the way the Trust operates and reduce clinical risk.\n\u201cAt the new Royal we aim to provide a reliable, connected environment that patients and staff can expect in their homes and everyday lives. A robust networking infrastructure will allow us to provide a secure, fast and \u2018always on\u2019 connectivity to our patients so that they can communicate with their family, friends and work colleagues throughout their entire stay," Walliker said.\nThe digital technology will enable hospital staff to access more data and can support the staff in making better informed decisions for their patients.\n\u201cFundamentally\u00a0the new network will deliver the foundation for the new Liverpool Health Campus for improved patient outcomes and operational efficiency by connecting more \u2018things\u2019 on to the network," Walliker said.\nDigital apathy\nWalliker\u00a0has seen difficulty in implementing the cloud system with disruptions such as\u00a0 \u201cdigital apathy\u201d and a \u201creluctance to changing habits\u201d being common concerns for the Director of IT; but admits the Trust is \u201ccompletely open\u201d to a new way of working.\nThe re-shaping of the cloud system will see Walliker having to deal with the capacity of the infrastructure in being \u201cone of the main requirements\u201d for developing the digital technology.\n\u201cIt was one of the reasons why we wanted to overhaul and integrate a cloud-enabled network, to make it fully adaptable to the requirements of our hospital,\u201d he said. \u201cWe wanted to make sure all of our patients and staff will be able to enjoy the benefits our new technology.\u201d\nDirector of IT Walliker sees the future of Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust being \u201conly one\u201d of the digital elements of a \u201cradical change\u201d within the organisation. (See also: 'Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust 'to go paperless by 2018')\n\u201cWe\u2019ve created an innovative five-year strategy, \u2018Hospital 2.0\u2019 that aims to modernise the hospital, create efficiency and vastly improve patient experience \u2013 and these initial changes to our IT infrastructure act as the foundation which will allow us to achieve our goals."\nThe cloud technology will enable the Trust to improve the patient\u2019s quality of life by providing \u201cexceptional, safe and accessible\u201d healthcare which will allow the organisation to play a lead role in the development of a sustainable health system for its community.