Cambridgeshire county council and the local health authority are aiming to save millions of pounds by implementing a mobile reporting system to help look after old people in the community.
Agencies in the area are equipping staff with tablet-sized PCs which are connected to a GPRS (general packet radio service) mobile network. The system has been implemented by Fujitsu-Siemens.
When staff visit old people in their homes the questions they ask in relation to health, housing and social services are stored on the tablets and sent back to a central database over the GPRS network.
The initiative is part of the area’s effort to move towards the Government’s “single assessment process” to cut down on bureaucracy and duplication of data. It can be distressing for old people to be asked the same questions over and over again by the various agencies they are dealing with, so to help avoid this workers in the field should already have much of the information they need available on their tablets when they go out for visits.
The agencies involved are happy with the system too. They estimate the solution will save them £3m a year on duplicated effort, £850,000 on administration costs, and £100,000 on vehicle mileage costs.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia