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New system to help staff with records
A multi-million pound investment in new computer technology for GP practices and health centres across the Bradford District will benefit patients and professionals, say primary care trust heads.
The project – the first of its scale in the NHS in England – is expected to mean quicker, easier access to patient records and other healthcare information.
It will replace outdated PCs with new virtual desktop technology, which will allow quicker log-in speeds and give health professionals the flexibility to log-in and access patient records from whichever NHS base they are working from that day.
The development, which also includes a software upgrade, will improve access for GPs, practice staff and community services staff, including district nurses and health visitors, says NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds, as well as benefit support staff who work for the local primary care trust.
A total of 4,500 new computers will be installed in GP practices and health centres during the next few months.
NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds senior IT project manager, Simon Watson, said: “With more care being delivered closer to home and in different settings, many staff need to access patients’ electronic records while on the move or away from their normal base.
“We needed to consider how we could best meet this need by developing new technological solutions.”