Humber NHS Foundation Trust goes mobile with £1 million BT deal

Humber NHS Foundation Trust is set to implement an 'end-to-end' mobile solution provided by BT and TotalMobile, working together on their first joint NHS contract.

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Humber NHS Foundation Trust has signed a two-year G-Cloud deal with BT and TotalMobile for an “end-to-end” mobile solution.

The £1 million contract will allow staff at the trust to access real-time patient records, schedules and appointments and update notes while out in the field, using any mobile device of their choice.

The trust serves a population of 600,000, with more than 3,000 staff operating from 70 sites, according to its finance, infrastructure and informatics director Adrian Snarr.

The new solution will be implemented gradually this year, with 500 healthcare professionals set to start using the solution in the first phase from June to September.

The contract will use workforce and workflow management software from TotalMobile, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G mobile connectivity from BT and will integrate with the trust’s existing electronic patient record system.

The trust hopes it will help to streamline processes and reduce the need to return to the office, saving time and money spent on travelling and thus freeing up time to focus on patient care.

About half of the money for the deal comes from NHS England’s £65 million Nursing Technology Fund. The fund was launched in 2012 to encourage nurses, health visitors and midwives to make better use of digital technology to provide safer, better and more effective care.

It is the first time BT and Total Mobile have teamed up to provide a mobile solution to a UK health organisation.

“This mobile service allows our staff to gain instant secure access to the most up to date information stored on our electronic patient record system. This means our community teams for example, can plan their visits more efficiently and effectively to maximise their time with their patients,” Snarr said.

“Using G-Cloud we were able to speed up the procurement process as a whole and keep the costs down as we didn’t have to go to the expense of putting the contract out to tender.”

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