GPs can access patient records via tablet devices

Hundreds of GP practices will soon be be able to amend patient records on the move on tablet computer devices.

GPs can now access patient records remotely via tablet devices
GPs can now access patient records remotely via tablet devices

IT system supplier EMIS unveiled its EMIS Mobile application at its national user group conference in Warwick last week.

The app enables GPs to access and amend patient records while out of the practice via tablet devices and changes to be synchronised with the practice records. It also allows GPs to access their diary, add appointments and see a map of their home visit locations.

EMIS managing director Neil Laycock said: ‘The EMIS Mobile app will help clinicians to provide safer, more streamlined care on the move, while releasing them from paperwork to spend more time with patients.

‘In terms of who pays, I think that is different in different areas. We have demonstrated it to GPs and they will go back to their areas and they will drive the requirement.'

The tablet app is being trialled next month by 50 to 100 GPs and is due on the market in December. Currently there are 962 practices using EMIS Web in England and an additional 1,385 have ordered it.

The government has yet to disclose how much money clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be handed when they take over GP IT responsibility next April.

This comes after the NHS Commissioning Board (NCB) revealed last month that CCGs will handle hardware, network services, support services and training for practices.

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