Request for details of Dictation systems used and planned
John Simcock made this Freedom of Information request to Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dear Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
I am making a request under the Freedom of Information Act for the following information and I would be grateful if you could provide me with brief answers to the following questions:
1. Are your doctors still currently using dictation recorders with analogue tapes/cassettes?
2. Do you currently use any digital dictation systems and if so which one(s)?
2a. If yes, which departments use them, how much has been spent on them and what are the start and end dates of any contracts?
3. Do you have any current plans to implement a digital dictation system(s)?
3a. If yes, what are the planned timescales, has a budget been allocated and which procurement route will you use?
3b. Do you have a corporate or departmental strategy/approach for procuring these systems?
Dear Mr Simcock,
Freedom of Information Act Request Acknowledgment
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Alan Larn | communications officer (Freedom of Information) | communications department
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Nethermayne | Essex | SS16 5NL
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