PERFORMANCE: A single sign-on IT system has been introduced to give clinical staff quick access and increased security to computer networks.

The OneSign system, which uses smartcards, has been rolled out across the trust.It has this month won Network Project of the Year in the public sector category at the 2011 Network Computing Awards.

The system incorporates over 40 clinical applications, each of which had previously required separate username and password details. They include some of the most-used systems: patient administration, pharmacy, and medical secretaries’ digital dictation system.

Neil Racher, senior IT project manager said: “As well as improving data access from the user’s perspective, using OneSign also helps audit, allowing IT staff to track which users have accessed data and when. This provides huge benefits at a time when the NHS is making a concentrated effort to improve IT security.”