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22nd May 2018

Sesui named Best Cloud Service Provider


Oxford-based Sesui, creator of award-winning cloud communications software, was last night awarded Best Cloud Service Provider at the UK Cloud Awards.

The news follows a number of recent commendations for the business, including the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2016 and Computing’s ‘Cloud Telephony Product of the Year’ in 2017 for Sesui Call Manager. And it builds further momentum for the business, ahead of next month’s Oxfordshire Business Awards, where Sesui’s shortlisted for the CIS Technology Excellence Award.

Sesui connects people to organisations when it’s critical they get through. Its team of problem solvers specialise in untangling communications systems and putting them into the cloud for organisations that provide a vital service, including those in healthcare, travel, manufacturing and the voluntary sector.

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15th May 2018

Sesui’s a finalist in two British awards for cloud innovation


Oxford-based Sesui, creator of award-winning cloud communications software, is proud to announce it’s a finalist in not one, but two awards celebrating innovation – the Oxfordshire Business Awards and the UK Cloud Awards. The news follows a number of recent commendations for the business, including the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in 2016 and Computing’s ‘Cloud Telephony Product of the Year’ in 2017 for Sesui Call Manager.

Sesui’s the innovator of award winning cloud communications software that connects people to organisations when it’s critical they get through. It specialises in untangling communications and putting them into the cloud for organisations that provide a vital service, including those in healthcare, travel, manufacturing and the voluntary sector.

Sesui’s a finalist in a new hi-tech category of the Oxfordshire Business Awards – The CIS Technology Excellence Award – in recognition of its focus on advancing its business through the use of IT. And it’s a finalist in the ‘Best Cloud Service Provider’ category of the UK Cloud Awards.

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10th May 2018

Jai Medical Centres uses Sesui Cloud to offer 5,000 extra patient appointments a year


OXFORD-based cloud communications provider, Sesui, has been helping GPs and clinicians work remotely – a vital step in tackling rising caseloads and helping join-up primary care providers to deliver integrated care.

Sesui’s campaign into flexible working for a 24/7 NHS follows research that shows 1 in 5 UK doctors feel their current work life balance is poor and almost half believe current demands are unsustainable. However 45% believe that making patient calls from home could be the answer.

A key story to emerge from the campaign is Sesui’s work with London-based Jai Medical Centre. This five-surgery practice has:

• Adopted Sesui’s Virtual Contact Centre (VCC) to allow five specialist call handlers to answer calls across its five surgeries. In addition to improving the patient experience with no engaged tones, welcome messages and regular queue updates, the VCC has enabled Jai Medical to offer patients secure evening telephone appointments – amounting to 5,000 extra patient appointments a year.

• Installed 50 VoIP phones across five sites and adopted Sesui’s call management platform – Sesui Cloud Call Manager – to help its surgeries join up more effectively as one team. In doing so, Jai Medical has reduced call abandonment by 20% and improved its answering rate to 75% of patient calls within 60 seconds – in line with rigorous QR8 targets set for Urgent Care providers.

Practice Manager Suresh Vaghela said: “At least 90% of our GPs are working parents, so we had to think outside the box on how we could give them a better work life balance while addressing unmet patient needs. Flexible working is how we’ll start to make a difference.”

He added: “Our GPs securely access patient records from home so they can do their admin there – patient letters, reviewing results, booking consultations. They also work two extra hours a week from home to provide patient telephone consultations between 8pm and 10pm; amounting to 5,000 extra patient appointments a year.”

Supporting Sesui’s flexible working campaign, Dr Simon Abrams, Chair of Urgent Health UK said: “This is an important step in helping clinicians maintain a closeness with their patients and the communities they serve; preserving the personalisation of care that makes the NHS so effective. Flexible systems serve patients and clinicians, enabling both to make best use of modern environments. Technology can make a difference in the NHS, especially now when we need it most. We should all be thinking about how we design our systems to match the changes in the way ordinary people connect with technology.”

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15th March 2018

Let’s talk about UNICORNS…


Yes, that’s correct… unicorns.

Or better still… mermaids and centaurs. Or for that matter, omniagents. Yes, omniagents; the most mythical creature of all. That one contact centre agent with the linguistic ability to be a gifted email writer, snappy Tweeter, capable call agent and vibrant video agent – all at the same time. You’d be correct in thinking they’re not just rare; they’re fictitious. And I’m afraid we’d have to agree.

Omnichannel has been a buzzword for a few years now, but in asking agents to do it all, we’re asking for the impossible – omniagents. We’re seeking unicorns. The reality is that contact centres need to evolve into customer experience hubs where no one agent is expected to do it all. Instead, specialised agents work together sharing data and insights, often remotely, to provide a more personalised 24-7 customer experience.

Here are our top five tips to ensure you’re not relying on a mythical workforce to deliver your omnichannel strategy:

1. Know your customers
2. Know your business
3. Know your agents
4. Be flexible
5. See the big picture

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OMNIAGENTS, UNICORNS AND OTHER FANTASTICAL BEASTS – Sesui talks omnichannel at the Call and Contact Centre Expo


Sesui, the bright British innovator of award winning cloud call management software, will attend the Call and Contact Centre Expo (London ExCel, March 21 to 22) to talk unicorns, along with that most mythical creature of all… omniagents.

Manveer Mangat, Sesui CTO explains: “Omnichannel’s been a buzzword for a few years now, but in asking each agent to do it all, we’re asking for the impossible… omniagents. That one contact centre agent with the linguistic ability to be a gifted email writer, snappy Tweeter, capable call agent and vibrant video agent – all at the same time. You’d be correct in thinking they’re not just rare; they’re fictitious. And I’m afraid we’d have to agree.”

Mr Mangat added: “The reality is that contact centres need to evolve into customer experience hubs where no one agent is expected to do it all. Instead, specialised agents work together sharing data and insights, often remotely, to provide a more personalised 24-7 customer experience.”

Pursuing a true omnichannel strategy involves more than just creating a long list of “contact us” options. Taking the stage on Wednesday 21st, theatre 8 at 15:30, Mr Mangat will discuss his Top 5 Tips for getting omnichannel right:

1. Know your customer – blend traditional with digital channels
2. Know your business – match your channels to your operation
3. Know your agent – try skills-based routing
4. Be flexible – run distributed contact centres and offer flexible working
5. See the big picture – use real time reporting

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8th March 2018

Let’s talk about the S word…


SNOW.
Or more appropriately, SNOWMAGEDDON.

Did you have to apologise to your customers, or were you prepared for The Beast from the East? How many snow days did your employees need to take because the weather was bad, public transport wasn’t working or it just took forever to get in? Or like us, did you choose to close the office? Now, for a moment, consider how that affected your organisation?

Many of the big Banks tried to manage customer expectations around waiting times by sending SMS’ explaining how The Beast From The East was affecting their resourcing levels. They had the safety of their colleagues at heart. And they weren’t the only ones. Countless organisations were in the same boat, costing the UK economy an estimated £1bn. But did they even need to be in the boat at all?

If you’re running a manufacturing plant, or you can’t get your High Street shop open, or the delivery guys just can’t get through, chances are you are in the boat. Sorry. But in vast parts of the service sector and in contact centres… a little flexibility goes a long way.

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1st March 2018

Jai Medical to add 5,000 extra patient appointments a year thanks to the cloud


We’ve been banging the drum for our healthcare campaign that explores how cloud communications is helping GPs and clinicians to work remotely, whilst joining up primary care providers to deliver integrated care. Based on our research with UK doctors, as well as input from GPs, our clients and experts from across the NHS (including NHS England), the campaign included:

• A Special Report exploring flexible working through the cloud
• A vodcast roundtable and 1-2-1 interviews
• Coverage of our research across key media
• Endorsements from experts in the field including Dr Simon Abrams, Chair of Urgent Health UK and Mr Ian Sharp, CEO of Digital Health Enterprise Zone

A key story to emerge from the campaign is our work with Jai Medical Centre in the last decade. The brief from Jai Medical was to:
1. Help its five surgeries join up more effectively as “one team” with the installation of 50 VoIP phones across 5 sites
2. Empower its GPs to work remotely, offering patients extended hours
3. Help it answer patient calls even faster, striving to meet rigorous QR8 targets set for out-of-hours and emergency providers
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20th February 2018

Our Special Report – what the experts say…


Our Special Report on ‘Flexible Working for a 24/7 NHS’ is flying off the virtual shelf thanks to endorsements from across UK healthcare, as well as coverage in the press.

You can download your copy for free at www.sesui.com/healthcare where the experts lend their view on how remote working through the cloud could help tackle pressures on GPs and clinicians. There are real world examples from GP practices, 111 providers, and GP-led federations on how the cloud is empowering their clinical workforce to manage the load.

Dr Simon Abrams, Chair of Urgent Health UK said: “I recommend colleagues across primary and urgent care spend some time exploring the report findings. It resonated with my views on how technology can make a difference in the NHS, especially now when we need it most. The report goes into detail on how cloud technology can help urgent care providers meet the NHS Five Year View for integrated urgent care. I found its focus on home working and the governance of secure connections, as well as access to records and voice recordings, admirable. And the thinking around designing systems that match the national and international changes to the way ordinary people connect with new technology is something we should all be considering.”

While Mr Ian Sharp, CEO of the Digital Health Enterprise (DHEZ) added: “We believe that we’ve only just scratched the surface when it comes to digital health innovations. To that point it’s been inspiring to read Sesui’s Special Report into ‘Flexible working for a 24/7 NHS’ and to explore how cloud communications can bring about an important step-change in managing pressures across the system. It’s a must read for any clinician wanting to take back control and deliver even better patient care. We’re certainly recommending the report to our network of health professionals, researchers and businesses so that together we can bring about real and lasting change in the NHS.”

Over in the press, Digital Health Age and Digital Health picked up on our research that shows 43% of doctors said remote working would ultimately allow them to spend longer with their patients, while 48% said being able to take patient calls outside of the office would lead to more personalised care. See the report for the full results or take a peek at our infographic for the headlines.

16th February 2018

Tune into Sesui’s Video Library


And that’s a wrap! Our video library has now launched, with a 10-minute roundtable where experts from across the NHS, joined ITN reporter Emma Walden to explore how to tackle the chronic GP shortage and motivate talented doctors to stay in the NHS. The answer? Flexible working through the cloud.

Tune into www.sesui.com/videos to see Dr Simon Abrams, GP and Chair of Urgent Health UK; Dr Taz Aldawoud, GP and creator of the new DocAbode® platform; Dr Sam Shah, Director of Digital Development at NHS England; and our very own MD Lee Bryant.

We’ve also uploaded in-depth 1-2-1 interviews where the experts provide their unique insights into the pressures on A&E and across the system, and how to change patient behaviour to enable greater uptake of a 24/7 digital health service.

So fix yourself a cuppa and tune into our video library. And if you want the long read, head over to www.sesui.com/healthcare to download our special report on this very subject.

17th January 2018

Guest blog from Dr Simon Abrams on cloud technology for integrated urgent care


I recently met with a number of senior NHS and business figures to discuss how cloud technology should be part of the solution to tackling NHS pressures, offering greater gains in communication between clinicians and the patients, and between clinicians and other health and social care professionals. Such technology is one of the essential pillars for the necessary and effective integration of health and social care services. You can watch the full roundtable discussion by clicking here.

The reason for our discussion was the launch of a Special Report produced by Sesui cloud communications – ‘Flexible working for a 24/7 NHS’. Having read this report, I recommend colleagues across primary and urgent care spend some time exploring its findings. It resonated with my views on how technology can make a difference in the NHS, especially now when we need it most. The report goes into detail on how cloud technology contributes to how urgent care providers can meet the NHS Five Year View for integrated urgent care. I found its focus on home working and the governance of secure connections, access to records and voice recording admirable. And the thinking around designing systems that match the national and international changes to the way ordinary people connect with new technology is something we should all be considering.

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