Software engineers at TPP have begun working on a SystmOne solution for Android based tablets. The solution will allow SystmOne users to access and update patient records whilst working at home or out in the community. Using either 3G or WiFi for connectivity, this solution would offer an alternative to existing SystmOne briefcase functionality where a device is used offline and then docked back at the office.
The range of Android tablets currently on the market would give NHS professionals a huge variety of purchasing options without limiting them to a particular brand or size. Available in a range of sizes, from 7 to 10 inch screens, Android tablets could be used for everything from home consultations to bedside prescribing using SystmOne.
TPP expects to have this SystmOne Android solution completed and tested within the first half of the year. Following a pilot phase it will then become available to users via the Android marketplace. Access to the app would be through the user’s usual username and password meaning no-one could use the app unless they were already a SystmOne user.
TPP Director Drew Littler believes Android development will be essential for 2012: “Android is everywhere at the minute, it’s technology that people use every day. The choice of tablets already available also means that buying hardware will be viable and affordable for the NHS. We’re really excited here because we think this Android app will really throw open the world of mobile working for our users, giving them secure access to essential medical information wherever they happen to be working.”