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NHS Trust puts Android and Apple devices head to head

Derek du Preez | Feb. 27, 2013
Wrightington, Wigan and Lea NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is running a pilot using both Samsung Galaxy Android Tabs and Apple iPad Minis before it decides on one operating system and spends £24,000 rolling out devices across the Trust.

"We want them to try and use both devices before we decide on one manufacturer and spend £24,000 rolling them out across the Trust. This will actually flood the wards with devices, there are going to be a few too many, but once we have completed the proof of concept, there are so many other CQUIN indicators we can use the NDL apps for," said King.

For example, another app that WLL has already developed and is ready to roll out once the pilot is complete is for VTE assessment - ensuring in-patients don't get deep vein thrombosis. This CQUIN indicator is worth approximately £500,000 a year to the Trust.

The main technical challenge WLL has faced with the pilot was using the Android devices on the Trust's network, but King put this largely down to internal network configurations.

"We had issues with the Android devices and the security system we are using. It was difficult to get the Android devices to connect to our network and then it was also a challenge to track them and delete the data if it was stolen," said King.

"We have got around it now, but it was a bit of a headache at the time. It wasn't necessarily down to the software manufacturers; it was our network configuration more than anything else."

WLL is in the process of carrying out its first audit using the NDL apps, which began on the 15th February. The second audit will begin on the 15th March, which is when the wards will swap devices, and King hopes to make his choices and continue the roll out shortly after that completes.

 

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