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University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS FT introduces mobile monitoring

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) is using mobile monitoring technology to support caregivers in two of its hospitals, the Royal Derby and Queen’s Burton.

The technology – Mindray’s Mobile Viewer application – was trialled in both hospitals earlier this year, and has now gone live.

It connects patient monitoring data into the system which is then made available through mobile applications. It means users can see patient observations and priority alarms information, while the trust also installed CMS Viewer, which lets authorised users securely view the monitoring screen of any patient on the connected hospital network.

The solution has so far mainly been used in the Coronary Care Unit, Children’s Critical Care Unit and Theatre Recovery, to provide staff with a way to see live data away from the traditional nurse’s station.

Russel Turner, Equipment Library Senior Trainer and Specialist at UHDB NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Being able to access bedside monitoring from our iPads has been useful for departments across the trust. The single room areas of our hospitals particularly like the way that all their patients are now instantly visible. With MobileViewer and CMS Viewer we’ve created a more flexible central monitoring system that is suited to our own environment and workflow.

“The trust already has plans to expand the system to more departments and include clinical engineering for faster diagnosis of technical issues. We’re not tied to physical workstations anymore. In future consultants may be able to print reports and view patient data from home through the trust’s VPN and Mindray’s CMS Viewer.”

In 2020, HTN last reported on the technology, when Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust introduced a specialised dashboard and monitors to improve oxygen therapy for babies.