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Destiny is at the heart of CSC’s ‘Patient in your Pocket’ solution

19th November 2010
Mobile healthcare professionals will soon have more time to spend with patients, less admin to worry about, and access to all the information they need at the point of care on a BlackBerry® smartphone.
 
It’s all possible thanks to Patient in your Pocket, a technological breakthrough that’s being introduced by CSC.  And it is supported by digital pen technology from Destiny to feed the system by recording information in the field and transmitting it automatically to update electronic patient records.
 
In the past, the efficiency of community nurses, midwives, health visitors and doctors on house calls has been slowed down by the need to write out paper records and then have the information re-entered once they’re back at base – with inevitable delays and a risk of transcription errors. Carrying paper files around has also previously posed a serious risk to sensitive and irreplaceable personal information.
 
Now, with Destiny as an integral part of Patient in your Pocket, healthcare professionals can replace their paper notes with digital pen and paper – a fast, secure and easy way of enhancing their personal productivity and improving patient care at the same time.
 
Care plans, activity forms and assessment sheets are printed on digital paper with the facility to automatically upload and include patient details for each appointment.  Once the form has been written out during the appointment using a Destiny io2 digital pen, the healthcare professional simply ticks a “send” box to transmit the recorded data in electronic form via their BlackBerry® smartphone to CSC’s secure data centres, where Destiny software converts the handwriting into text.  More notes can be added away from the patient if this is more appropriate.  A graphical PDF or TIFF image of the original form is then sent to the user, and the converted text is pushed into a task list within the clinical application for validation and verification when the user next logs in.
 
 
Edward Belgeonne, CEO and founder of Destiny said: “We’re delighted to be at the heart of a solution which will improve quality of information, and make life better both for healthcare professionals and their patients.  We’ve proved many times that digital pen technology can achieve significant savings in time and money, and this fits in very well with the Department of Health’s agenda of doing more with less.”
 
Patient in your Pocket brings together a series of powerful features in one secure and easy-to-use solution that’s activated by the NHS smart card – including a schedule of appointments, offline access to medical record summaries, a timed lone worker protection alarm system, a facility for dictating notes, and satellite navigation.
 
In addition to collaborating with Destiny as the supplier of digital pen technology, CSC is working with Research in Motion (RIM), BigHand, Guardian 24 and Inchware to bring this new solution into operation.
 
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

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Article Information

Title: Destiny is at the heart of CSCâs âPatient in your Pocketâ solution
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 16757
Date Added: 19th Nov 2010

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