Panasonic Toughpad Tablets deliver for Herts NHS Trust drivers


Vehicle drivers use technology to schedule pick-ups and deliveries, plan their route using GIS mapping, and scan packages for proof of collection and delivery

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has put the latest Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet at the heart of its transport operations by equipping each vehicle driver with a device.

The trust's fleet of 50 vehicles covers one million miles a year including transporting patients and delivering samples, medical records, and equipment between hospitals. The Panasonic FZ-E1 tablet provides their schedule of pick-ups and deliveries, plans the route using GIS mapping applications, and can be used to scan packages for proof of collection and delivery.

The trust worked with specialist business application developer, TAAP, to create the software application for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 tablet. The device can also be used as a phone - an important safety feature for the drivers, who work alone.

Nick Smith, transport services manager at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The new system saves us a lot of paper work, improves our productivity and efficiency, and provides a fully-traceable proof of collection and delivery service. My long-term ambition would be to see this solution rolled out to other NHS trusts for their use."

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