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Monday 24th June 2019

Scottish health app proves popular

22nd June 2011

A free medical app for smartphones and tablets designed by the Scottish NHS has become one of the most popular free available for download.

The SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) app was the idea of Professor John Kinsella and outlines what kind of care patients should expect when they suffer from certain medical conditions.

Professor Kineslla, who works in intensive care at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary and is also a member of an NHS organisation called Healthcare Improvement Scotland, designed the app after realising he needed a quicker way of accessing the latest NHS guidelines.

Since its launch in April, it has been downloaded more than 8,000 times.

He said: “The problem is that clinical guidance is sometimes in a paper form which is difficult to find, or it can be accessed on the internet which means logging in and often you've got to log out of some other programme first.

“In that period you are losing valuable time when you should be doing some other task. It is basically a delay, and sometimes a delay prevents you from doing it at all.”

With mobile phones no longer affecting medical equipment, doctors and other medical staff can take greater advantage of smartphones and tablet computers while on hospital wards.

The app offers guidelines on a variety of conditions.

They range from rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and diabetes to the management of asthma and psoriasis.

The app is environmentally-friendly and has cut down on the amount of paper copies of guidelines that need to be printed.


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