NHS PLACE patient-led assessments made simple with new mobile data collection tool
fmfirst® PLACE Mobile enables users to carry out assessments and download scores to a mobile device and then upload data directly into the HSCIC's efm Information portal. Data can be saved on the mobile device at any point in the collection process and uploaded to efm via wireless connection upon completion, eliminating time consuming manual data entry. Responses are generated using drop-down menus that are used to auto fill relevant response criteria, significantly improving data collection efficiency and accuracy. The standardised responses allow for easier cross-referencing and eliminate the potential for invalid responses and duplication errors. fmfirst® PLACE Mobile is compatible with all mobile and tablet device formats and does not require a permanent wireless connection to function.
The results of a preliminary user survey and direct trust feedback following the initial PLACE collections confirmed that whilst trusts viewed PLACE positively, they found the collection process extremely time consuming due to the increased data collection and the fact that data has to be entered twice, once on the assessment form and then again onto the efm information portal. As a result they welcomed the idea that fmfirst® PLACE Mobile has been designed specifically to reduce data collection times and eliminate unnecessary paperwork.
Mr Bernard Hill, Asckey's Commercial Director stated: "The user survey and our discussions with trusts highlighted the problem of dealing with an increased data collection and the associated increase in paperwork and administration that comes with it. There is also the factor of learning a new system and the potential for user data entry errors. fmfirst® PLACE Mobile provides trusts with a fast and efficient means of collecting data and uploading it quickly back into the central assessment system."
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Asckey Data Services Ltd
As well as developing facilities management software, Asckey is involved in major data collection and benchmarking systems for the Department of Health, collecting and analysing many of the statistics relating to the overall condition of the NHS hospital buildings which are then used in strategic NHS management.
Asckey have worked alongside NHS staff to help meet the growing need for efficiency savings, accountability and the need for reliable information systems in the Healthcare sector. Specialist data collection systems, large and small, aim to simplify users' complex system development requirements in order to meet operational standards.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)
The efm-Information gateway was developed by Asckey Data Services Ltd for the Health and Social Care Information Centre. This suite of data collection web applications contributes to the effective management of the NHS Estate.
PLACE data collections
Bernard Hill, Commercial Director
Tel: 0845 270 7747
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