The emergency services could be unable to communicate with each other for six months in 2020, a Public Accounts Committee inquiry has warned.
As an investigation into five-hour outage, during which a patient died, continues the service says its computer aided dispatch system is at ongoing risk of failure.
A Commons’ Public Accounts Committee says the Emergency Services Network for ambulance, police and fire services is behind schedule and faces “very challenging” technology issues.
An investigation will determined whether IT problems at the London Ambulance Service contributed to the death in the early hours of New Years’ Day.
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is working with Kainos to develop a version of its Evolve patient record software for ambulance services, and piloting the use of iPads to let paramedics complete forms to add to the system.
Nearly all of England’s GPs are able to write additional information into a patient’s Summary Care Record from within their clinical system and more than 80% of SystmOne practices have added codes already.
Starting this summer, paramedics at South East Coast Ambulance Service will be able to access details of people involved in motorcycle or bicycle accidents by scanning a barcode on their helmet.
A dashboard update lets NHS managers in Wales see how many ambulances are waiting at the country’s A&E departments in near real time.
Staff at London Ambulance Service NHS Trust recorded emergency calls on paper on Christmas Day when its call management system went down for five hours.
Ambulance trusts and GP out-of-hours providers will take over NHS 111 services from NHS Direct by the end of November.