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NHS & Mobile Technology…Let The Transformation Begin!

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Mobile technology is a catalyst for growth, it has the unique ability to transform our experiences within the NHS for the better – positively affecting both the healthcare provider and the patient.

 

A&E faces hundreds of patients each day, all waiting for one to one treatment with not just one, but possibly several healthcare professionals within one hospital visit.   Many would describe A&E as a conveyor belt of care, but what we seem to forget is that each patient has their own unique health histories. Quick access to patient records is vital to creating the much needed tailored care that we have come to expect.

 

More often than not, our healthcare clinicians find themselves stagnant in a repetitive routine of toing and froing for patient data.

Built in nurses stations, although a focal point for visiting family members, is now an overcrowded hub for note taking and quick on the go scribbles. With limited flat surfaces and no private areas to discuss patients needs, the clinicians are forced to walk back and forth between the patient bedside and the main workstation in order to access the critical information they need.

 

 

Transformation at its finest…..

In 2010 Novant Health, found through an internal audit that nurses were only involved in direct patient care at the bedside for just a mere 2.5 hours every 12-hour shift.

 

 

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“Not only was that eye-opening, it was also completely unacceptable,”

says chief clinical officer Sallye Liner, a nurse by training.

“We realized we needed to change the way we delivered care and get our nurses back to the bedside.”

 

New mobile electronic medical records were installed in patient rooms so nurses could fill in medical data at the bedside and share test results. By introducing this mobile data access, they were able to reduce the time spent away from the patient by 42 minutes

Novant reached a grand total of 6.5 hours per shift spent at the patient bedside at the end of 2013, with a goal to hit 8.5 hours by the end of 2015.

 

This grand transformation of the Healthcare industry from a fixed stale workload, to a mobile, flexible,

cloud environment, has allowed clinicians to control just how, when and where they wish to deliver care.

 

With mobile computing placing much needed control at the clinician’s fingertips, the long awaited immediate access to vital and current patient information was suddenly there,  right at the bedside. Continuous and secure access to all clinical systems and patient data, allows clinicians to make informed decisions quicker enabling patient information to be shared and team collaboration to deliver enhanced coordinated care.

 

Mobile computing  adds the flexibility that  allows for quicker patient response time. The location of the care provider, whether inside or outside the hospital environment makes no difference, they are able to actively view patient information and consult with other clinicians remotely on work and personal devices through secure apps.

By merging mobile technology into clinicians day-to-day practice patient care can be improved  and generate additional gains for the hospital in the process.

 

Mobile technology really is the future, where patients make informed choices about their own care whilst in hospital and clinicians have an up to date well rounded sense of their patients’ health at all times..… Let the Mobile Transformation begin.

 

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