A day into NHS Hack Day and I’ve already started to see some solutions offered to everyday problems that the NHS faces. As someone who cycles into work, I was enthusiastic about the pitch that looked at sticking QR codes on cycle helmets so that hospital staff can access basic medical details and information on next of kin.
David Rankin pitched the idea after his brother-in-law found someone on the side of road at Cwmcarn mountain who had a broken collarbone and a fractured hip. They didn’t know his name or any information about him.
I went over and found Ben, David, Robyn Miller and Alistair Ruff hard at work. Robyn, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, was researching terms and conditions. At this point, she’d already spoken to the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and had found out that information would be best used by staff if it was linked to OS mapping rather than GPS.
Robyn also has direct experience of NHS apps, having already worked on Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Do I need a Doctor? self-assessment app. This fed ideas about accessibility into the process – it’s web-based and therefore easily updated and is platform independent, and its big buttons make it easily accessible for a range of people.
You’ll soon be able to see the site at www.Bcon.cc, which will be hosted on David’s server initially. It’s amazing what an inspired and hard-working bunch can do in the space of an afternoon.