Somerset County Council is equipping care workers with mobile PCs as part of a project to enable social workers, nurses and other hospital staff to share information about elderly patients and children that may be at risk.
The council plans to issue social workers with tablet PCs that will allow them to record information on each patient on an electronic form, which can be shared securely with the local primary care trust, occupational therapists and district nurses.
It will invest in RSA secure tokens, which generate one-time passcodes, to authenticate staff using the system and to protect sensitive data held on the council's back-office systems.
"We are allowing somebody from the internet to come into the corporate network. We want to know who they are. We want to make sure information we are sharing is not divulged to the wrong person," said Andy Moll, e-government strategy manager at the Somerset Council.
The council decided to design a form that could be used online and offline, after a three-month trial showed that remote connections were not always fast enough to enable staff to work online.