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29 ‘vanguard’ sites announced by NHS England CEO Simon Stevens mark a new line for how services are organised in the health service

TotalMobile™ welcomes the fact that hospitals, GPs, community services and social care are being brought together in England to provide more connected care under a series of pilots – but stresses that integrated mobile working must be brought into the equation if it is to succeed.

The pilot schemes will involve new care models being rolled out. In some areas it will mean GPs working more closely with hospitals and local councils, while patients in other regions will have specialist services such as  dialysis provided outside of hospitals, nearer to where they live.

“Simon Stevens has said the vanguard areas will bring about change from the bottom up, led by frontline NHS staff. Mobile needs to be properly integrated into this health and social care strategy. Most importantly any attempts at mobile working need to focus on providing the information the frontline workers need,” commented Colin Reid, CEO of TotalMobile.  “To provide true integrated care, mobile working solutions need to integrate with multiple systems to provide frontline health workers with information from a range of sources. Simply extending the back office into a mobile environment does not do this.”

“Structure changes are great in principle, but you are only going to make real changes in healthcare and enhance the time care workers can spend with patients if you actually change the way they work.  We have seen integrated mobile solutions cut up to two hours out of a nurse’s or social worker’s admin per day.  Therefore allowing them to spend much more quality time with patients,” added Colin Reid.

The 29 pilots are being backed by a £200 million transformation fund and a five year plan has been put in place to change the way services are organised.  Key will be the need for the NHS to work more closely with council-run social care services. “This is where the whole concept of integrated mobile working will really come into its own and show its strengths for care workers working in the field,” added Colin Reid.

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Today, TotalMobile provides   mobile working solutions to a range of Government, Private Sector and Healthcare customers in the US and Europe, as well as throughout the UK and Ireland.

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