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NHS unveils patient computer system

The NHS has launched a new computer system costing £44 million which will mark the end of paper records in Scotland.

The system will replace hospital patients' records and so far six health boards have agreed to implement the new technology.

It is hoped the system will create a paper-free NHS in Scotland while freeing-up staff for other tasks and tightening security.

The Scottish Government said the Patient Management System will manage bookings, waiting lists, report test results and allow staff to keep track of patient records more easily.

The remaining boards will join "in the coming months".

It was welcomed by Monklands renal medicine consultant, Dr Jamie Traynor, who said: "This Patient Management System is, to me, the first major leap towards a hospital-wide electronic patient record with huge advantages in the delivery of patient care.

"It is also worth stressing that there will be a level of security built into this system that will exceed what we are able to achieve with paper records."

NHS Lothian has already implemented the system. Ayrshire and Arran, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Grampian, Borders and Lanarkshire are also signed up to the programme.

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