University Hospital Birmingham delivers mobile enterprise

University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) is presenting next week at Blackberry World in the US, on how it has made enterprise applications available to clinicians...

University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) is presenting next week at Blackberry World in the US, on how it has made enterprise applications available to clinicians on mobile devices.

The trust has deployed a wireless network to support its 6,900 doctors, medical staff members, administrative and operational employees, and 340 consultants.

It is using a tool called Webalo, which offers a non-coding approach to making applications work on smartphones. Webalo comprises a server-side or hosted environment called Agenda which is designed to guide administrators through the process of connecting to enterprise applications. According to Webalo, Agenda allows IT staff to select the content and tasks that users need to access on their smartphones. It then generates the user interface for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, or Java-enabled devices.

The tool has been used to enable administrators to review their departments' key performance indicators and receive alerts when situations need attention. Medical care, at night and after hours, has been enhanced through the delivery of a system that links teams to meet the needs of patients. There are also plans for cardiology, oncology, radiology, pharmacology, and other specialists to have their own mobile referral capabilities, Webalo says.

Stephen Chilton, UHB Director of IT, who will be presenting at Blackberry World, said, "Webalo connects to what's already there and can configure those connections to tap into only the data and functionality that each user needs. Without having to wade through an entire application, users can work more quickly and effectively which, in an emergency medical situation, can save critical time."

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