NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a smartphone and tablet application – or app – to reduce administration for specialist nurses so they can spend more time with the families of organ donors.
DonorPath is being used to replace paper-based processes and assist specialist nurses in organ donation, said the special health authority, which covers both England and Wales.
“DonorPath has been extremely well received by our specialist nurses”
Rather than handwriting patient information and then rekeying at a later stage, nurses are now able to enter data directly onto a form in the app, helping to reduce errors and improve efficiencies.
Nurses can also access the app via a tablet to input over 600 different points of information about the organ donation while they are with the patient and their family.
It can be used in internet-free zones and syncs to the server when Wi-Fi becomes available, said NHS Blood and Transplant, which added that the app had been introduced in over 200 hospitals so far.
In addition, it noted that the app checked entries for accuracy, meaning that chances of human error are greatly reduced and also minimised data security risks through encryption.
The app was developed by technology developer Apadmi, following extensive user testing and internal sessions with specialist nurses.
John Richardson, head of health informatics for organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “During its testing and implementation, DonorPath has been extremely well received by our specialist nurses and other staff in vital roles in organ donation.
“The app not only allows for more accurate and secure data entry, but ensures our staff have the maximum amount of time possible to spend with donors and their families,” he added.