Hospital patients in South Tyneside could soon benefit from new technology which will see medical staff being able to access their treatment history at the click of a button.
The new digitised system at South Tyneside District Hospital means that patients will only having to tell their story, while staff will only have to input information once.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed last week that South Tyneside is one of a further 18 organisations across the NHS who will work to deliver care through the use of digital technology and information flows.
South Tyneside will partner with City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, which was chosen by NHS England as one of 16 Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) in September 2016 in recognition of being one of the most digitally advanced Trusts in the country.
Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group, said: “This is fantastic news for South Tyneside District Hospital and for our community teams and means we can accelerate learning from Sunderland to develop world class digital systems that will benefit patients in South Tyneside for many years to come.
“For over 25 years we’ve recognised the critical role that technology now plays in delivering world-class healthcare services and in Sunderland we have set the bar in terms of investing in our digital footprint to improve the quality of patient care.
“Our new Emergency Department is now completely paper-free at the point of care and uses technology that can move around with the patient.”