14. June 2012 13:42
NICE has launched an app to give healthcare professionals mobile access to the British National Formulary.
Prescribers will be able to gain offline access to medicines information using the new iPhone and Android app with a password.
The new initiative reflects growing NHS investment in facilitating healthcare outside the clinical setting.
Sir Andrew Dillon (pictured), Chief Executive of NICE, said that the launch of the NICE Guidance app in March had been “phenomenally successful”, leading to this initiative.
“The growing use of smartphones has created a new culture and means for people to access information while on the move,” he commented.
Dr Keith Ridge, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at the DH, said: “I am delighted NICE has taken this step. The new NICE BNF app gives those who have prescribing and medicines responsibilities fast, reliable and convenient access to the most up-to-date prescribing information.”
NICE is currently developing a similar app to give clinicians access to the British National Formulary for Children.