BigHand Launches iPad App To Shorten Document Approval Time And Get Patient Letters Out Faster

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-BigHand’s FreeMe iPad app saves time, money and drives efficiencies in clinical correspondence-

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By having a secure application on their iPad that meets Information Governance (IG) standards, clinicians can view dictations that require approval quickly and effortlessly, whilst on the go.

Specialist provider of digital dictation, speech understanding and clinical correspondence solutions, BigHand, has launched its mobile iPad application, FreeMe, which is designed to enhance the ease and efficiency of the approval process of clinical documents for GPs, clinicians and medical secretaries. The launch comes at a time when the iPad is increasingly being recognised as a valuable business tool, with mobile apps with a number of healthcare applications having been launched at the recent Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013.

FreeMe presents clinicians with a list of all documents that require their review and approval, whilst on the move. The clinician can then review, amend and return these documents, such as patient letters and referrals, to their secretary quickly, efficiently and securely – between consultations or appointments, whilst travelling or whenever they are away from their desks.

In doing so, FreeMe improves visibility of all documents requiring sign off, enabling trusts to report on the process and identify and address potential bottlenecks. FreeMe helps trusts to decrease the time required to approve documents and gain significant performance improvements over traditional print and sign processes, which require clinicians to be in the office or at their desktop.

James Kippenberger, Managing Director, UK Healthcare at BigHand commented: “We developed this application for the iPad having highlighted a need for clinicians to be able to access and review important documents remotely between appointments and when away from their base in order for them to be approved quickly. By having a secure application on their iPad that meets Information Governance (IG) standards, clinicians can view dictations that require approval quickly and effortlessly, whilst on the go.”

He continues, “Previously, clinicians would have had to wait until a convenient time to review documents - either when they returned to their office or when liaising with their secretary. The development of this app is a significant step towards improving efficiencies and performance within trusts which will ultimately have a positive impact on the delivery of care to patients.”

FreeMe is a user-friendly application which allows clinicians to view all document dictations requiring approval upon login. The clinician can then action each document, which is available in most formats (Microsoft Word, rich text and plain text) allowing them to approve or add notes to action for their secretary from a simple-to-use interface. The app forms part of BigHand’s latest digital dictation software release for the UK Healthcare market, BigHand 4.3, that also includes innovative speech understanding™ technology and a dedicated electronic document approval suite.

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About BigHand

The BigHand Group supports over 170,000 healthcare and legal professionals globally, across 1,600 organisations, and is based out of London, Chicago, Sydney and Toronto. BigHand is a Microsoft Gold Partner and BlackBerry ISV Partner. BigHand is the leading provider of digital dictation and speech recognition technology to the UK Healthcare market. As a UK developer, BigHand has a 20+ strong development and products team based in the UK. Further information is available at

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BigHand Ltd                        
Chris Bell                                
Marketing Manager (UK Healthcare)    

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