Enhancing and supporting clinical decision making in the acute care setting using Mobile Technology.

Organisation : NHS Lothian Medical Education Directorate
Grant Amount : £ 20,000

A small pilot was undertaken by the MED in NHS Lothian to investigate the impact of tablet and iPod devices in the acute care setting. These were preloaded with our main protocols and summaries of key clinical information to support just in time decision-making and clinical management guidance. We ascertained that this approach is an easy to implement intervention that improves patient safety by augmenting decision-making processes for junior doctors in acute environments. To build on this successful pilot we propose to purchase iPod Touch units, to equip every Foundation Dr in Lothian with their own device preloaded with a suite of our current high impact apps. We also propose application development to plug the holes in cover identified by the pilot along with eHealth support for implementation and project evaluation, including impact on the patient journey and care pathway.