Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is installing a wireless local area network (Lan) over the next 12 months to give staff access to patient medical records and do away with unreadable doctor's handwriting.
The system - the first step of the implementation of a new IT infrastructure for the hospital - will bring GOSH in line with NHS plans to create a single unified system to store patient medical records and medicine allocation.
GOSH will spend £70,000 developing a wireless network, separate from the main hospital network, to enable doctors to record patient information and order medicines from laptops.
Doctors will be equipped with wireless laptop cards and multiple access points will be set-up around the hospital to give them access.
"Our doctors will be able to provide the very best of care and it's hoped the system will replace notoriously unreadable doctor's handwriting and speed up the allocation of medication," said Mark Smith, head of GOSH ICT.
In the coming months GOSH will also migrate over to a new Cisco network.
"The new network will provide more resiliency, give all staff up-to-date information and provide a backup in case things go wrong," said Smith.
"It will also be scalable and provide faster access for staff throughout the hospital. It will have untold benefits."
The work is scheduled to finish during the first year of a massive redevelopment programme scheduled to run until 2016.
Causing the minimum of disruption is more important to the hospital than speed, said Smith.
After the first stage is completed, GOSH is considering migrating towards an IP telephony system, which it hopes will "revolutionise communications within the hospital".
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