I am a nurse working within an IT department. Part of my role is helping clinical services to design electronic versions of paper based forms. I agree that it frequently takes longer than expected and user feedback is essential to the process. I have been working with our community teams to create forms that can be completed on a tablet device in the patient's home and which are sent directly from the device to the Electronic Patient Record (EPR). Like Leeds, our local GPs can access this information in the EPR. We can also email documents from the EPR using a secure email (NHS mail) to GP's tat are outside our area. This information sharing has had a positive impact on the quality of communication between services and benefited of patient care.
Comment on: Forty years on: updating the Glasgow Coma Scale
I really enjoyed this article and found it to be well presented and clearly written. Althought I have used the Glasgow Coma Scale for years I now feel that I have a much clearer idea about normal and abnormal flexion and the difference between orientated vs. words. The link to www.glasgowcomascale.org and watching their video gave very good visual support for the written article. I will be recommending this to my colleagues.