Monday, 13 April 2015

A smartphone app for efficient healthcare professionals










Bringing local know-how to clinicians' pockets
  • Local information for local healthcare professionals
  • Native iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android apps launching in 3 NHS trusts in August 2013
  • App runs on cached content (fast navigation)
" An app with local up-to-date content for each NHS Trust "
  • Up-to-date database specific to each Trust
  • Pilot app with view to further roll-out
  • App contains no end-user or patient information
  • Designed to help clinicians get things done in their hospital. Not what to do but how to do it
  • Content like a junior doctors handbook: How do I organise an urgent investigation out-of-hours? Where is the nearest ECG machine? When is the canteen open? How do the bleeps work?
  • The app is named in honour of Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, the hand-washing pioneer. Good hand hygiene is vital for all areas of healthcare.
The platform was developed initially by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber. 
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT staff then configured the app to include information local to their trust. 
The STH app which is available for Apple, Android and Windows Phone users contains the following sections:      
·         Antimicrobial guidelines                                                     
·         Anticoagulation guidelines                                                
·         Care of the Dying guidance                                                     
·         Respiratory guidelines
 It also contains a simple contacts list for the ward phone numbers.
Do you and your Trust use this app?

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