Approximately how many different types of clinical forms are in use at your hospital(s)?
The Trust does not hold this information centrally. We have established that it would take more than 18 hours to locate all the information you haveasked for, as it would require us to locate and manually extract the information from each Department within the Trust as each Department have their own forms for tasks specific to the service being provided. Therefore weconsider that the exemption offered to us in S.12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 relatingto the cost of compliance is applied, since we are of the opinion that the costs which we areallowed under the Act exceeds £450. As you will be aware this is not an exemption which requiresus to consider the application of the public interest test.
How many of these clinical forms are still paper based?
How many are available in electronic format, if any?
Approximately how many pages of paper are used for paper forms at your hospital(s)?
How many portable clinical tablet PCs or slates are used by clinicians and nursing staff at your hospital(s)?
Have you any plans to switch to paperless clinical documentation in the next 12 months?
We are currently exploring the possibility of creating electronic forms utilising Microsoft Infopath on the Trust’s Sharepoint system. We expect some forms to be available electronically during the next 12 months.