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A project to replace bedside paper charts with tablet computers in Oxfordshire's NHS hospitals reduced the typical time taken to input patients' vital signs by up to 30 percent, a study has found.

Tablet computers cut nurse time by up to 30 percent
The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) system at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

The System for Electronic Notification and Documentation (SEND) was developed by the University of Oxford for recording patient vital signs.

A study of three wards at the Churchill and Horton hospitals found the typical time to record the vital signs on a paper chart - traditionally hung at the end of beds - was 215 seconds, or three minutes and 35 seconds.

The typical time to record to input the vital signs into SEND was 150 seconds, or two minutes and 30 seconds.

The study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, is the biggest yet of the impact of the system, introduced from 2014 and now fully rolled out at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust hospitals.

Read more (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website)