“With at least a $60,000K per year savings on data entry and photocopying alone, we’re already looking at how we can apply AMS to improve clinical workflows and patient care across our other community units.”
John Moodie, IT Project Manager, Taranaki DHB
Taranaki DHB says its new mobile data solution is the answer to a growing need for community healthcare and to help reduce the inefficiencies its public health nurses were experiencing when completing the coinciding paperwork.Based on Spark’s AMS mobility platform, nurses can securely enter data into their mobile tablet and complete forms while working in with patients, aged 4-18, in schools and their homes
It is saving each nurse five hours per week and the DHB $5,000 per year per nurse in data entry and photocopying alone; but more importantly its enabling nurses to see more patients each day and spend more focused time treating those they visit.
Designed to care
The solution securely and seamlessly integrates with Taranaki DHB’s Patient Management System in real-time – Taranaki DHB confirms, it’s removing the need to repeat information and helping public health nurses, and wider staff such as those in emergency, make more effective point-of-care decisions.
Children and their families who have engaged with nurses using the new digitised forms are noticing that the paperwork side of things is completed much more quickly than before – to be expected given the solutions clever features such as checkboxes, automatic calculations and notification alerts to promote real-time peer review.
Taranaki DHB says it is continually working on improving the design of the forms with things like mandatory fields, but it is already finding errors are reducing and standardisation is increasing, which has huge advantages for healthcare planning and delivery across the Taranaki region.