Royal Derby Hospital has gone live with a mobile application which will help clinicians access information from the electronic patient record during patient handovers.

Designed by DXC Technology, ClinicalAide is able to integrate fully with the software company’s EPR.

The technology allows clinicians at the hospital, which is part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, to access information such as test results and prescribed medications and early warning scores from mobile devices.

Dr Sam Thacker, a practising clinician at Royal Derby Hospital and associate CIO for the trust, said: “This is an important development for clinicians on the ground, who will be able to more easily access important information at a glance from their mobile phones and tablets.

“As our EPR, Lorenzo is an advanced system that already provides a great deal of important patient information and functionality to clinical staff. ClinicalAide takes this a step further, pulling routine information from the clinical record and giving clinicians everything they need at the tap of a device.

“It will allow more intuitive information sharing between teams during handover and help busy staff to prioritise and flag unwell patients and those that need review. Staff will also be notified in minutes when patients they are responsible for are admitted.

“This has the potential to save substantial time for healthcare professionals.”

ClinicalAide is being deployed in three stages, the first of which allows healthcare professionals to configure patient lists and view allergies, alerts, problems, results, documentation and completed procedures associated with patients.

Staff can also see test results to facilitate decisions on the go to support immediate communication within the clinical team.

In upcoming releases, clinicians will be notified of new patient admissions, bookings and discharges, and will be able to access key medication information and prioritise patients according to their risk of deterioration, thanks to easy access to early warning scores and patient observations.

Finally, observation and result trends will support patient assessment procedures, and patient consent will also be available at a glance. Access to third-party solutions such as the trust’s picture archiving and communication system will be accessible from the ClinicalAide application to streamline workflow for clinicians.

Colin Henderson, director of healthcare and life sciences for the UK, Ireland, Israel, the Middle East and Africa (UKIIMEA) at DXC Technology, said: “This is a powerful example of what can be achieved when the NHS works with technology suppliers to continually enhance the way important information reaches the right people.

“This project demonstrates our determination to continue to evolve our technology, to ensure it delivers for staff at the coalface, and ultimately for the needs of patients in their care.”

In additional to ClinicalAide, Royal Derby also went live with DXC’s electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system in April 2019.