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How can we use technology to improve patient care?

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How can we use technology to improve patient care?

The government is to spend £140m technology and leadership training for nurses and midwives in order to “improve care and beat bureaucracy”.

The government said £100m would be offered to the NHS for nurses and midwives to spend on new technology intended to “free up time for patient care and help make essential patient details instantly available on the ward, at the bedside or in the community”.

Technology highlighted included digital pens and other handheld mobile devices intended to speed up access to patient and treatment information, while reducing time spent on form filling.

Nurses and midwives will decide “what kit is best for their own workplace”, the government said.

What technology would help you provide better patient care?

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  • Anonymous

    I think enough money has already been spent on this, why ask us what technology would help me provide better patient care?

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  • Tinkerbell

    log in, log on, log out.

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  • Anonymous

    "Digital pens and hand held technology" So what happens to patients confidentiality when, as is bound to happen they go astray?

    How much time would actually be saved on form filling. Time would need to be spent updating information be it on screen or in folder.

    Why doesnt the government listen the nurses on the shop floor and acknowledge that what is needed to improve patient care is more staff.

    Staff also need to feel supported and valued, that will help to improve patient care. Employing lawyers to tear apart terms and conditions as it appears some trusts are intending to do will only erode morale further.

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  • Anonymous

    "Digital pens and hand held technology"

    a tradesman came to my house with one of them there things yesterday. said it cut down on all the paperwork in the office as all the information about the work he did in my house was relayed directly back to them. cuts down jobs in administration too.

    my friend in Sainsburys where they have them touch screens she wont touch because she says it is taking jobs away from people.

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  • Anonymous

    When technology can take a patient to the toilet and freshen them up after you can put this question back to us.
    When technology can help patients with their diet and fluids ask again.
    When technology can do moving and handling ask again.
    When technology can give a bed bath and give patients their medications ask again.

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  • Anonymous

    can I have a free mobile phone please then I can call the patients who are feeling a bit lonely.

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  • Anonymous

    did anyone watch "getting on" last night on bbc4 - s the ward sister couldn't access the electronic notes and the doctor broke the machine.

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  • Anonymous

    don't get it. the government are desperately trying to force people to get jobs which don't exist and then penalising them for it whilst more and more companies are dishing out expensive tablets to their front line workers so they can ditch more and more admin staff.

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  • love you all nurses.....as iam a nurse....its my responsibility to improve the quality care and reduce our stress and strain......

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  • Anonymous

    maybe we should design a medical facility like they had in the film 'Coma'.

    technology - since e-rostering on my ward all our hours are wrong, we 'owe' the trust hours, some as many as 60. 3 people do the off-duty and they still got it wrong. Computer says No.

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