Case Number 3511
Request Date 26/02/2014
Completion Date 04/03/2014

 

Details of the Request

  • Does your trust encourage the use of medical smartphone/tablet computer applications (‘apps’) by staff in the clinical environment? Please provide details of trust policies on this subject.
     
  • Please state whether apps, for use on smartphones or tablet computers, have been developed within your trust, for clinical use within and/or outside your trust? If so, please provide details of these apps and the testing/approval process they underwent.
     
  • Please provide documents related to your trust’s governance policy related to use of medical apps in the clinical environment. If there is a regulatory or approval framework in place, please provide details. If no regulatory or approval framework exists, is one being considered? What criteria are clinical apps assessed against before their use is permitted within your trust?
     
  • Within the last five years, have there been any significant/serious clinical events in your trust (or your predecessor trusts) where the use of medical apps have been implicated? If so, please break down the incidence by year and state the name of the app concerned in each case.
     
  • Please provide strategy documents related to app development within your organisation, if these exist.

 

Details of the Response

1. Does your trust encourage the use of medical smartphone/tablet computer applications (‘apps’) by staff in the clinical environment? Please provide details of trust policies on this subject.

No, the Trust does not encourage the use of medical smartphone/tablet computer applications (‘apps’) by staff in the clinical environment as we do not have any apps written for this environment. The Portable Computer Policy (see attached) includes tablets within its scope, but does not cover ‘apps’ within the definition given.

 

2. Please state whether apps, for use on smartphones or tablet computers, have been developed within your trust, for clinical use within and/or outside your trust? If so, please provide details of these apps and the testing/approval process they underwent.

No (see question 1).

 

3. Please provide documents related to your trust’s governance policy related to use of medical apps in the clinical environment. If there is a regulatory or approval framework in place, please provide details. If no regulatory or approval framework exists, is one being considered? What criteria are clinical apps assessed against before their use is permitted within your trust?

No specific policy. New clinical apps would be expected to be subject to the same assessment method as any other IT development, and go through the IT Business Case process.

 

4. Within the last five years, have there been any significant/serious clinical events in your trust (or your predecessor trusts) where the use of medical apps has been implicated? If so, please break down the incidence by year and state the name of the app concerned in each case.

No, in the last five years there have been no significant/serious clinical events in the Trust where the use of medical apps has been implicated.

 

5. Please provide strategy documents related to app development within your organisation, if these exist. <?b>

The Health Informatics Strategy (attached) includes a reference to “the use of mobile technology”.