A junior doctor in Watford has created an app which highlights inefficiencies and issues on hospital wards.
The MediShout app has been created by trainee surgeon Ashish Kalraiya, who learned the basics of coding at the Digital Doctor conference in London last autumn. By February this year, the first version had been created, with the first trials beginning in March. The app is currently being trialled by 15 doctors on the surgical wards at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust's Watford General Hospital.
Doctors were able to download the app to their smartphone using their NHS email only, preventing it from distribution in the public domain. The app home screen allows doctors to select a ward and report problems such as not having enough computers on the ward, which meant they could not write discharge summaries in a timely manner. Descriptions and photos of the problem can also be uploaded.
Matrons and nurses on the wards can then log on to see issues on their wards, and real-time email alerts allow issues to be flagged up and dealt with quickly. In Watford General Hospital, persistent stock issues had been dealt with, and a new computer had been placed on the primary surgical ward, allowing for better entry and capture of patient data.
“All too often frontline staff do not report systematic problems because they do not know who to report to or they forget to report by the end of their shift” Kalraiya said.
“The aim of the app was to overcome that by having an instant and swift format to report issues and to negate the concept of knowing who to report to by having the app coded to know who to send the information to.”
Kalraiya states that the trial will finish this summer, at which point the app will be further developed to take on detailed feedback and ideas from users. With further refinement, it is thought that the app could be used to suggest procedural improvements on wards, such as pointing out inefficient placement of oxygen supplies.
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