NHS in Scotland employs 150 extra staff to cope with EU working hours directive

Is this an opportunity to improve systems and technology??

New European rules reducing junior doctors’ hours to a maximum of 48 per week came into force at the weekend.

NHS Grampian revealed it had employed 60 additional staff in order to comply with the European Working Time Directive.

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NHS National Services Scotland Selects Lumension to Protect Vital Information

Friday, 24 July 2009 LumensionĀ®, the global leader in operational endpoint security, has been selected by NHS National Services Scotland to enforce security policies governing the storage of data on portable storage devices such as laptops, USB sticks and CDs or DVDs. NHS National Services Scotland procures IT software on behalf of the 22 Scottish Health Boards. The organisation is responsible for delivering the best value for public money when new information security products are sourced.

The “Data Handling Procedures in UK Government” report, published by the Information Commissioner’s office in June 2008, highlighted the need to restrict access to public sector data and to encrypt data held on removable storage devices. Following its publication, the Scottish Government made Ā£1million available to the Scottish Health Boards to enable them to comply with the latest data handling requirements. The report led to rigorous product specifications being developed for the procurement of information security products by public sector departments throughout the UK.

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NHS Scotland aims to phase out paper records

NHS facilities in Scotland are currently trialling the use of handheld computers among doctors and nurses.

It is hoped that by distributing information to healthcare professionals electronically, the amount of paper they use will be reduced.

The technology should also allow staff to access and update patient records while they are on the move, thereby freeing up time they would spend using desktop PCs.

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NHS Scotland, wireless ICT and moving paperless,

Wireless computing and homegrown software turn may turn Scoland’s NHS paperless. When PDA’s didn’t work, Scotland’s NHS turned to Intel designed Medical Computer Assistants or Mobile Clinical Assistants (MCA). These together with Coupled or Computer Access on Wheels (COWs) and a lot of local Scottish software may move the NHS to the first paperless health service.
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