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NHS staff in Scotland spending 50% more time with patients thanks to mobile

Derek du Preez | Jan. 29, 2014
Government funding in Scotland is driving an increased use of mobile technologies across the National Health Service (NHS), which is allowing staff to spend more time with their patients.

NHS Shetland has procured and deployed a mix of iPad and Android tablets to 120 community based staff

NHS Tayside has deployed mobile devices to over 100 Community Nurses to allow them to get familiar with using the devices. They are currently using for email and calendar while work to deliver mobile MiDIS (community information system used by several Boards) is being completed

NHS Highland is planning to use digital pens to capture data for the Keep Well anticipatory care programme

NHS Fife has over 20 devices piloting in the community, with a further 50 ready for deployment.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "Technology is invaluable for staff who work in community settings, and I set up this fund to enable these staff to choose what device works best for them.

"Traditionally community nurses had to wait until they returned to the hospital to update patient records but now they can be updated automatically."

He added: "I am pleased to see so many examples of digital technology benefitting patients across Scotland and freeing up time for staff to spend with patients."


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