Technology to be be brought into the NHS More to help staff.

22nd January 2018

Technology developers should shadow nurses and other healthcare staff to improve different ways of working.

Technology firms are considering shadowing nurses to fully understand their workflows and inform the creation of solutions that work for them, a new report has suggested.

Anne Cooper, Chief Nurse at NHS Digital, said the aim was to encourage nurses to imagine how technology could be used better.

Nursing is really complex, there are so many different flows. So one solution to building good software could be for technology companies be right there with the nurses so they can understand what nurses do, Anne Cooper told Digital Health News.

Technology can enable a different way of working.

NHS Digital and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are currently preparing to launch a UK-wide consultation to explore the use of digital technology in nursing.

Nurses can have their say in the online workshop which launches on 25 January and it is hoped the results of the project will help RCN’s call for improved education, training and development on digital literacy.

The aim is that by 2020 every nurse will be able to use technology and data to maximum effect for patients, carers and service users.