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Apps used to collect CQUIN data

8th March 2013

New apps are to be used by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust to collect patient data for the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation framework.

The 30 apps on iPad minis will gather and process information required by the Department of Health for CQUIN payments in a move the trust sees as maximising both income and efficiency by using the new technology.

The first three apps to be introduced will enable clinicians to do things such as record patient answers relating to smoking cessation; record patient risk assessments for deep vein thrombosis; or measures a range of common afflictions patients may experience while in care such as pressure ulcers, falls, and urinary tract infections in patients with catheters.

Trust project manager Jamie King said: “We were keen to see if mobile working could help us improve this situation while also ensuring the trust is recognised as meeting targets and therefore receives maximum income.”

The apps are being developed by software company NDL to cover a range of CQUIN requirements.

Before the mobile working arrangements were looked at, such data was collected by a paper-based system and then transcribed on to central systems.

The trust expects to roll-out the first three apps within the next few weeks.

 

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