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‘Outdated’ IT leaves NHS staff with 15 different computer logins

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'Outdated' IT leaves NHS staff with 15 different computer logins

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The IT systems in NHS are so outdated that staff need to log in to up to 15 different systems to get their work done.

Doctors can use different logins for everything from requesting x-rays and obtaining lab results to accessing A&E records and scripts.

The government of England said it was looking to optimize systems as part of an IT upgrade.

About £ 40 million is being earmarked to help hospitals and clinics introduce single-system logins next year.

Alder Hey in Liverpool is one of several hospitals that have done this, and found that the time taken to log in decreased from one minute and 45 seconds to just 10 seconds.

With nearly 5,000 logins per day, it saved more than 130 hours of staff per day to focus on patient care.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was time to "get it right".

"It's downright ridiculous how much time our doctors and nurses spend accessing various systems.

"Often outdated technology slows down and frustrates the team."

The latest announcement comes after the government demanded that the NHS discontinue use of fax machines this year.

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Hancock said the project was one of the steps the government – which set up a new agency called NHSX to drive technology progress – hopes to take over the next few years.

This included greater integration of welfare and NHS records and greater use of artificial intelligence.

The leader of the British Medical Association, Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, said that access to various systems was time consuming.

But he said on his own that this move would not solve all the problems, pointing out that many of the IT systems were "old fashioned" and needed updating.

"This will require a real investment in the above-announced IT infrastructure."

Adam Brimelow of NHS Providers, representing managers, agreed that broader IT systems needed investment, particularly in areas such as mental health, community services and ambulance funds that generally involved remote work for staff.

But he said several logins are still "a very real and urgent matter."

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