NHS Western Isles

NHS Western Isles

Anoto and Vodafone solution helps community healthcare staff free up an extra 5,000 patient visits per year through slashing administration time by up to 35%.

"My colleagues can see in an instant what was done, why and when. From a community nursing perspective you can’t put a value on that. "

Martin Hall
Lead Community Nurse, NHS Western Isles

About Us

The NHS Western Isles are home to around 26,000 people who are geographically dispersed in no fewer than 280 locations. There are 12 GP practices on the islands providing primary care services, supported by a range of community staff including district nurses, community midwives and health visitors.

Challenge

The remote geography and an aging population requiring care presents a unique challenge to NHS administrators. Recording of the visit and updating the care record is essential and allows the information to be shared amongst teams and shifts.

This administrative task was calculated to consume over 40% of the Nurses available daily hours due to the need for them to travel to a computer an re-key the information collected. This significantly reduced the amount of hours they could devote to patient care.

Solution

As the pen and paper solution was rolled out, Nurses were equipped with digitalised forms and digital pens. This allowed them to record information and then transfer the information over the Vodafone mobile network, whilst in the patient’s home.

Benefits

  • leverage existing working practices with easy user adoption

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    enabled over 5,000 extra patient visits per year

  • accurate details transferred quickly and securely

  • accessible information shared immediately

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Our carers feel safer using the new solution. We used to provide a netbook to our community staff and many felt that they were more vulnerable to theft. Also the carers didn't like the barrier of having the computer screen between them and their patient. Carer safety has been enhanced too, as we know exactly where all our carers are at any point in time.

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My colleagues can see in an instant what was done, why and when. From a community nursing perspective you can’t put a value on that.

Martin Hall
Lead Community Nurse, NHS Western Isles

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