COMMERCIAL: Kent Community Health Trust has purchased an advanced patient management system focused on mobile working.

It has bought Advanced Community, a community healthcare system, in a contract that will run for a minimum of three years.

Advanced Health & Care, which makes the product, claims it is the “first patient management system designed specifically to enable the mobilisation of NHS work forces”.

The system will be rolled out in phases across the trust over the next two years, replacing current paper and electronic systems. It will be used for referral management, care planning, assessments, patient records, bed management, and appointment booking.

The system also has a mobile application called iNurse, with which community nurses can securely retrieve, record and send patient information from anywhere, regardless of whether a mobile signal is available.

Eldon Macarthur, the trust’s head of ICT operations and telecommunications, said: “Our clinicians are excited about Advanced Community because it will provide a joined-up approach to care.

“It will also free-up administration time and cut duplication of effort, allowing clinicians to see more patients and spend longer with patients during visits.”

Advanced Community was one of four systems to be shortlisted by the trust, and was selected following OJEU procurement. 

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