England: £40m to speed up slow NHS computer logins

07 February 2020

NHS staff spend a ‘ridiculous’ amount of time logging in to multiple computer systems, but a £40m investment in frontline technology is set to ease their frustration.

Currently, staff have to log in to as many as 15 computer programmes when caring for a patient, each with its own login details.

The new funding, announced by the Department of Health and Social Care in January, could free up thousands of NHS staff hours each day by improving the process.

At Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, single sign-on technology cut login time from one minute 45 seconds to just 10 seconds. With almost 5000 logins a day, it saved more than 130 hours of staff time.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock MP said the time wasted logging on is ‘frankly ridiculous’, adding: ‘We need to get the basics right.’

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