Mobile working rolled-out to 350 staff in the community

Posted on Thu, 04/03/2021

Over the last 18 months, 350 of our Community staff have been enabled to deliver high-quality, seamless, connected care with our new mobile working system, EMIS Mobile.

The new system shares information in real time and allows community healthcare professionals to view and update the same electronic patient records as their community colleagues, and some staff can also see also see the live records from primary care.  This electronic system means they can:

  • see what care patients have had since they last saw them;
  • provide more informed and joined-up care;
  • improve patient care and safety by working in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • ensure patient information is kept safe and secure by reducing the risk of lost paper notes;
  • and see the full picture of a patient’s health as all their health and care information is in one place.

As so much of care in a community setting takes place outside of the clinic, EMIS Mobile enables Community staff to access, view and update patient information on the go using mobile devices so everything is kept up to date. Since September 2019, these mobile devices have been rolled out to 350 community staff who have received training. This not only improves patient safety, but also saves time by reducing the need for community nurses and clinicians to travel back to site between appointments.

During our response to COVID-19, EMIS Mobile has also helped Community teams to maintain social distancing by allowing staff to work completely remotely while still being able to access a patient’s latest information. It also enabled staff to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme and update the national system in real time.

Suzanne Davey, a Podiatrist working out in the community commented:

“I love the fact that it is very easy to access shared data. This enables me to give the patient the correct package of care as I can see all medication including any current antibiotics, past medical history, and any previous referrals to other professionals and if the Community Nursing Team are already scheduled for visits.

Because I have all this information at hand, in front of me, it enables me to carry out my job to the best of my ability rather than trying to rely on my memory of that patient.”

By April 2022, all Community staff who need it will have access to EMIS Mobile including training and mobile devices.

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