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Mobile phone app from NHS “hack day” is set to transform handovers and task lists

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5162 (Published 27 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5162
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

An application or “app” that has been developed after doctors joined forces with software developers in the first ever NHS “hack day” is set to bring a much needed technology boost to the “bits of paper” handover system currently used by most hospitals when doctors change shifts.

Colin Brown, the doctor on the team that took first prize at the hack day at the end of May,1 said that he had been pondering the idea for an electronic means of exchanging information at handover for a while. He was keen to take part in the day because getting together with experts in computer technology seemed like a logical step, he said.

“At the moment handover relies on lots of bits of …

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