Nottinghamshire trials mobile patient records scheme

Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service has completed a three-month trial to provide clinicians with secure mobile access to electronic patient records.

Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service has completed a three-month trial to provide clinicians with secure mobile access to electronic patient records.

The trial has the potential to improve staff productivity by 25%, reduce travel time by 32%, and improve patient care. Barbara Stuttle, CBE, NHS Connecting for Health's National Clinical Lead for Nursing said, “Users have access to real-time information, enabling them to plan their day better and have direct contact with colleagues and hospitals.”

Developed in association with Intel and Dell, the new mobile working environment has been designed to help staff quickly and securely access patient records from remote locations.

During the three-month field trial in Nottingham, Dell provided community-based clinicians and therapists with 3G-enabled Latitude notebooks that could automatically select Vodafone’s GPRS, 3G or 3G broadband network access dependent on availability, to provide users with access to patient care records on the move.

Users remotely accessed the records stored on the Care Records Service over a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN).  The smartcard reader built into the Latitude notebook PC was used to provide secure access to the VPN.

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