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Private healthcare provider evaluates paperless possibilities

A healthcare providers is keen to go partly paperless.

A private healthcare provider is looking into the advantages it could gain from making parts of its operations paperless.

According to Computer Weekly, BMI Healthcare is keen to bring in mobile device management technology so that clinicians can access patient records while they are on the move.

The organisation manages 69 hospitals in Britain and it is hoped this would reduce the amount of documents that need to be stored on-site, as well as ensuring medical professionals can quickly pull up all the information they need to deal with a case.

"We are discussing whether a consultant would want us to manage his own device, or should we provide one," IT desktop manager Matt Rooney said, explaining provision may be difficult when consultants move between different premises.

‘Bring your own device’ could work though, as BMI would use profiles on each device that could be remotely removed if necessary. For example, should someone move jobs, they would no longer be able to access the healthcare information, something vital for data protection purposes.

It is hoped that the provider will settle on a solution soon so it can get the ball rolling and become paperless.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently said he wants the entire NHS to be paperless by 2018 in order to save money and boost services to patients, calling it "crazy" that ambulance drivers and GPs cannot see all patient data when confronted with an emergency situation.

Paperless referrals are already being implemented to cut down on excess paperwork.

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