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Cumbria GPs invest in iPads

18 August 2011   Shanna Crispin

St Paul's Medical Centre in Carlisle

A medical centre in Cumbria has invested in an iPad for each of its GPs and plans to give them access to its patient records via the devices.

St Paul’s Medical Centre in Carlisle has bought each of its 11 GPs iPads and has been working with MedHand to transfer written text books into electronic formats so they can be read on them.

GP-lead for the project, Dr Alan Edwards, said most GPs refer to the textbooks on a daily basis, and find it more convenient to use them on the Apple devices.

Access to the books and other decision-making tools does not require an internet connection, so the GPs can access them easily when they are making house calls.

MedHand’s technology also incorporates a cross-referencing search function, so a clinician can search for a single term - such as shingles - and see a pool of results from different text books.

The surgery has so far spent about £6,000 on the new mobile technology, including a two-year license for the MedHand reference tools.

Dr Edwards said the decision to take a “leap of faith” and invest in the technology was made to try and give GPs all the information they need, when they need it.

“That includes not just the patient records, but all of the decision support stuff... because if it isn’t easy to access people don’t do it, they don’t look at it.”

GPs had responded well to the new technology, he added, and patients have been curious about the new tools.

“Many of them haven’t seen an iPad before, so they’re asking us ‘what else can it do?’”

He added that the key to making sure that patients were not concerned about their doctor tapping away on a piece of technology was to involve them and show them what they were doing with the iPad.

GPs in Carlisle are being given the ability to share patient records with out-of-hours services and A&E clinicians using the Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) developed by Healthcare Gateway, a joint venture between EMIS and INPS.

Dr Edwards said those involved in the MIG project are working to enable access to patient records via mobile devices including the iPads, but the work is still in the development stage.

 

 


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shurleea 150 weeks ago

A security risk, woithout any doubt!

Why not put our medical records on face book?


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shurleea 150 weeks ago

So how many of these will get stolen?

Some GP's are still; strugglin woth keyboards let alone iPads

I thought the NHS had no money?

A message to all patients, remember that you can opt out of sharing informarion, even if it is important stuff but you don't wnat to share it ... I have done so for the past few years now when I learned that all reception staff can read what we discuss in doctors consultations.

The DPA .... council dustment sign that, it means nothing, it is down to the the intergrity of individuals and knowuing what a crap sociarty we live in, simply don't trust anyone!


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Integrated, mobile IT, is the way to go

It is I, LeClerc 151 weeks ago

In these days of austerity it is refreshing to hear of GPs with money to spare. Lets hope they can interface with local acute and community services too.


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jlscott 151 weeks ago

I'd be interested in any thoughts or policies you've developed around security for these devices to aid in our own research into using iPads in a clinical setting.


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What else can it do?

jjameswalk123 151 weeks ago

Will GPs be able to record medical notes/history and synchronise these with their clinical system? Are GP Suppliers onboard? TPP, INPS, EMIE, Microtest etc

Map of Medicine have developed an 'App' for the iPad to access all 400 evidence based pathways 'off line' I hope this approach to new technology will be quickly adopted as it supports the need to achieve QIPP efficiencies if it reduces the administrative burden of clinicians and provides access to 'evidence based care'


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