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CCG funds digital dictation for 22 practices


24 April 2014

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Digital dictation software has been provided to 22 general practices by their local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to help meet NHS England's paperless challenge. 
Sheffield CCG believes the software will improve efficiency, speed up patient referral times and improve patient safety. 
Hallam and South Locality Commissioning (HASC) is funding the rollout of Lexacom software. 

Digital dictation software has been provided to 22 general practices by their local clinical commissioning group (CCG) to help meet NHS England's paperless challenge. 
Sheffield CCG believes the software will improve efficiency, speed up patient referral times and improve patient safety. 
Hallam and South Locality Commissioning (HASC) is funding the rollout of Lexacom software. 
Lexacom created a mandatory Choose and Book dropdown menu for HASC, so that GPs have to select the relevant categories at the time of dictation, ensuring secretaries instantly know which clinics to book for which patients.
And the system will also integrate with the three leading clinical systems, EMIS, Vision and SystmOne, which the company believes will ensure accurate patient data is always included in each dictation.
Gordon Osborne, HASC interim locality manager, said: "All GP practices are keen to find reliable ways to improve the service they provide to patients.
"It's much easier for secretaries to book the right clinics. They don't have to check with the GP first and there are fewer cancelled appointments and queries as a result."
Lexacom managing director, Dr Andrew Whiteley, said: "We are delighted to be working with practices in Sheffield to help them provide high quality, efficient services to patients. By adapting our software to include the mandatory Choose and Book categories, patients, practices and HASC all benefit through improved accuracy, efficient service, and delivery against NHS targets."

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