Community nursing teams have gone live with mobile technology as part of an £800,000 Walsall Healthcare investment.
The new Totalmobile system is a switch from a paper-based patient assessment system and means that community staff can give patients the results of their blood tests for example, reducing any delay in starting treatment. They can also access details of new patients more quickly and the devices offer greater security for lone workers.
The new system incorporates the capture of referral and contact information, dynamically schedules appointments and allows visit information to be inputted on to the system via Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
The mobile application works in both online and offline mode, allowing staff to carry on working out in the field, even if there is no wi fi or 4G signal. Staff have all the clinical information that they require at the point of care and a Sepsis alert has also been introduced.
Community Nurse Claire Jones, who works in the West 1 place-based Community Nursing team based at Darlaston Health Centre said Totalmobile was now working well.
“We did have some teething problems in the first week but now it is working really well for us,” she said.
“The tablets mean we have access to test results for our patients as well as links for useful information and there is a Sepsis alert. I have found it really useful that if a patient has gone into hospital this information is available to us. Previously we’d have been concerned that a patient might not be answering because they’d had a fall or that something was wrong.
“Totalmobile brings us in line with other trusts and it’s much better for our patients and for us that we’re using technology in this way.”
The Totalmobile programme will be rolled out to all community locality teams before the end of March. Other teams will follow by the end of May.
Daren Fradgley, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Director of Strategy & Improvement, added: “I’d like to thank all the teams involved in getting Totalmobile rolled out across the borough – from our IT staff with their technical expertise to our community staff who have contributed their ideas to help us shape a system that will make a real difference to our patients.”