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Investment in health technologies for nurses will enhance patient care

By: Paul Steiner, General Manager EMEA, Accellion
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 14:24 GMT Jump to Comments

The Technology Nurses Fund will help to modernise the infrastructure of the NHS by reducing paperwork, improving productivity and, most importantly, enhancing patient care.

The wireless healthcare market is expected to grow 20 per cent in the next five years, and the recent announcement of a £100m Nursing Technology Fund suggests that the government is seriously investing in this healthcare revolution.

The healthcare industry itself has been slow to adopt advancements in communications and collaboration but the benefits really speak for themselves.

However, there are challenges and these aren't just focused on getting the right devices into practitioner's hands.

The UK Health and Social Care Act of 2012 and upcoming changes to the European Data Protection rules require all organisations and workers involved in healthcare to implement new systems to manage patient information.

These rules will ensure the security of patient data, allow providers to work more easily with partners to improve care and share that data with the patient in question, all with a few clicks.

Groups within the NHS bidding for a slice of the £100m fund must demonstrate cost, time savings and improvements in patient care and ensure the technology solutions that they choose are compliant with these rulings.

Here are five best practices healthcare organisations can use to improve their secure mobile file-sharing and get the most out of any budget they receive from the Nurses Technology Fund:

1. Ensure that mobile file-sharing tools are device agnostic, so that nurses can work on relevant documentation no matter where they are located, or which device they’re using.

2. Choose mobile file-sharing software that secures content on any device, even if a document is sent to a third party like a residential home, and has the capabilities to remotely wipe content if a device is lost or stolen.

3. Make sure the software has the proper encryption and transparency controls available to ensure compliance with industry regulations around digital content and personally identifiable information.

4. Educate users on newly deployed solutions so that adoption by nurses is swift, and ease-of-use isn’t an impediment to implementation.

5. Find an end-to-end solution so that nurses can access documents, work on them when with patients, share the content, process documents and sync it to their devices. It should then improve their productivity, without worrying about security risks.

It is vital that nurses and other care workers have access to innovative technology that will streamline their day-to-day activities, and let them focus on what’s important, providing outstanding patient care.

The Technology Nurses Fund is an important way for the NHS to modernise its infrastructure and become part of the information revolution where staff can reduce paperwork, improve productivity with flexible workflows, and better serve patients their needs.

Mr. Steiner joined Accellion in 2001 as Senior Vice President-Europe. Prior to joining Accellion he held positions as Vice President of International-Europe at AboveNet Communications, Inc. and Managing Director of Europe, Africa, Middle East and India for NetCom.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Information Daily, its parent company or any associated businesses.

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