Two pioneering technology projects developed at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust have been awarded a £750,000 funding boost.
An iPad-based early-warning system for patient monitoring and an ‘electronic prescription’ service that will allow patients to leave hospital sooner both won funding from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards NHS Technology Fund.
The £550,000 allocated to the System for Electronic Notes Documentation (SEND) project will allow the iPad-based patient record system to be rolled out across all adult wards at the Trust.
The project replaces paper charts and means medical staff use computer tablet technology to record and evaluate patients’ vital signs. The system alerts staff to early signs of patient deterioration instantly and reliably, and allows patient data to be shared with specialists across the hospitals.
A further £200,000 has been awarded to the ‘end to end electronic prescribing’ project, which will speed up the preparation of prescriptions for those ready to leave hospital. The £260m Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards NHS Technology Fund was created by the Department of Health to support digital innovation in hospitals.
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael said: “Digital technology is revolutionising all areas of modern life, and healthcare is no exception. In Oxford, we are combining academic excellence and clinical expertise to harness the full potential of digital technology both on our wards and in the community.
“The two projects supported by the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards NHS Technology Fund are excellent examples of developing leading-edge technology to improve our care and the way we deliver services. The funding will allow us to fully implement the technology across our hospitals.”