Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has started a pilot of new office working practices to use IT to improve efficiency.
Paul Curley, consultant surgeon and clinical director of surgical services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said, "We have looked at new types of technology through the office pilot to help us move to our new hospital development in 2009."
Digital dictation has been one of the key projects, based on technology supplied by Bighand. The trust wanted to see how it could use digital recordings of consultants' notes instead of the audio tapes that were previously used. Audio tapes could get lost or damaged and needed to be physically sent between the three sites of the trust.
With digital dictation, Curley said the audio can be moved electronically between sites, eliminating the need for consultants to redictate due to lost or mangled tapes.
The trust is also amending its desktop printing strategy. When the new site is developed, Curley said it would use mutli-function printers instead of standard office laser printers, as these devices include scanning, photocopy and faxes built-in. Wireless-enables laptop PCs will use be used instead of desktop PCs at the new site.