Paramedics in Kent will be provided with iPads to send and manage patient information while away from hospital, following a pilot scheme.
This move was approved for rolled out across South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, and North East Hampshire, after the pilot which began in October 2015 proved to be a success. This will result in 200 ambulance workers receiving the devices before the end of August.
Karen Mann, IT programme development manager at the trust, said that the new scheme was part of the drive to reduce paper usage and streamline handovers between paramedics and A&E staff.
She went on to explain that the trust had decided to roll out the technology slowly to ensure it didn’t disrupt the delivery of care. She said: “We’ve got eight minutes to get anywhere. If the technology doesn’t work, they [the staff] are not going to use it. We have now got a system that works, and works first time.”
The single digital form which can be filled out on the iPad replaces four paper documents, streamlining and speeding up data exchange between health services.
Steve Topley, the trust’s clinical lead for deployment, commented: “It saves precious time and can greatly improve safety for patients.”