Gisborne DHB takes up tablet PCs

Gisborne DHB takes up tablet PCs

Quick access to patient records a key driver in the deployment.

Tairawhiti District Health Board (TDH) has equipped its staff with tablet PCs designed specifically for the healthcare sector. The health board covers the North Island’s east coast area from beyond Hicks Bay to the Wharerata ranges, and a large portion of its work is done from the main campus on Ormond Road, where Gisborne Hospital is situated.

TDH is now using Motion C5v tablets following a trial last year. “It was a straightforward decision for the board to implement a mobility solution that supported the clinicians’ requirement to have access to patient records at a moment’s notice,” says Max Ponomarev, team leader, IT Infrastructure at the district health board (DHB).

TDH began testing laptops, but realised that the devices would not meet its specific requirements. “Further research led us to Motion’s C5v, and once our infrastructure prerequisites were met, we were ready to begin a trial with the device,” says Ponomarev.

“We left the decision up to our clinicians who, immediately after testing a demo tablet, requested we implement the tablet PCs as soon as possible,” says Ponomarev. After buying the first tablets last year, the medical staff ordered additional units and plan to add another 10 tablets in the coming months.

During the trial, the clinicians noted the tablet offered additional functionalities that the IT team did not initially focus on. These included the intuitive ability to recognise handwriting, as well as an integrated camera that allowed staff to take pictures of patients while interviewing them.

The tablet PCs are currently being utilised by six clinicians in Gisborne Hospital’s children’s ward. They are able to update patient records and access TDH services, including patient discharges, referrals, waiting lists and pharmacy, outpatient and operating theatre information.

“The C5v Tablet PCs have improved and streamlined the way the doctors work, saving time on ward rounds, accessing online databases and information and making decisions on the spot," says General Paediatrician, Dr Shaun Grant.

“We are seeing their importance in cutting back on human error,” he says. “We can also see the potential for videoconferencing with the device’s forward-facing camera.”

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