Kickstarting the project
The functions they had at that time were very primitive and were not suitable for the local use in my hospital in Hong Kong. Therefore we co-operated with the responsible software firm to jointly run a project in our hospital.
We provided the clinical and local IT support while they wrote the necessary app on an industrial grade smartphone. All the data were transferred through a wireless network. After one year of hard work, the system was deployed for use.
The functions we built into the system include: taking photos of patients, scanning of 2D barcodes, recording of vital signs and graph plotting, printing of specimen labels at the bedside, retrieval of investigation results and, most important of all, tracking of drug administration, setting different alerts to remind medical personnel when there is any suspected error during the dispensing of medication, including wrong patient, wrong time, drug overdose and overdue drugs.
What we wanted to achieve through the system was mainly patient safety and the minimisation of human errors. Of these, the most common ones are drug administration errors, which can be catastrophic.