People in Somerset to get a glimpse of healthcare in the new digital age - 27 September 2017

People in Somerset to get a glimpse of healthcare in the new digital age - 27 September 2017

People from Taunton and Somerset are being invited to find out about how digital technology will benefit their healthcare.

A public event takes place at Castle Bow in Taunton town centre on Friday 29 September, from 9am – 5pm, and will show how digital systems will in the future improve patients’ safety and their stay in hospital.

It follows Musgrove Park Hospital being named as a Global Digital Exemplar by the Government in recognition of its ambition to introduce more digital systems to benefit patients, healthcare workers and the community.

Many of Musgrove’s digital developments will be on show, including how they will deploy a new mobile app. This will be used alongside current computer systems at the hospital.

The app will allow clinical staff to see all relevant information, such as results of X-Rays, scans or blood tests, in one place at the touch of a button. It will be available at the bed side and alert doctors and nurses to any patients needing immediate assessment.

In this way, clinicians can rapidly determine whether the patient has other serious conditions, such as acute kidney injury. The app uses tried and tested NHS guidance to process patient information to raise these safety alerts.

At Friday’s public event there will also be an opportunity for people to see a view of digital patient care, find out how safe their data is, talk to Musgrove’s software suppliers and hear plans for the next five years.

Patient and public engagement is at the core of these digital developments and people will be asked for their thoughts, and can find out how they can be involved to shape how their digital care will be provided in the future.