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Digital pens 'will save £1.2m' at Wolverhampton PCT

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Wolverhampton Primary Care Trust expects to reap £1.2m in efficiency savings by developing an innovative digital pen system for its clinicians.

The PCT signed a four-year contract with Destiny Wireless to supply more than 600 clinicians across the trust with digital pens to record their community contacts, which total more than 45,000 per month.

Their notes are then automatically entered into the trust’s central electronic patient record system by the pen.

Currently, this information is recorded in a paper diary and then manually entered onto the record system. By eliminating this task, the trust estimates that each pen will save the user around one hour per day.

Stuart Cooper, head of IMT strategy at Wolverhampton PCT, said this initiative is an ideal fit with the QIPP agenda currently being pursued by the NHS.

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