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UK: Emergency Department's EPR System Goes Live
Source: www.publictechnology.net
Source Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Created: Nov 19, 2012

Digitisation in the NHS moved forward a few more steps after University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) continued its rollout of Lorenzo.

The trust itself became the first acute trust in England to put the EPR system live in an emergency department setting, after rolling the system out over 5 hospitals for the first time in June 2010.

As of last week, this system is now live across the Royal Lancaster Infirmary's emergency department.

The infirmary has swapped paper for electronic health records - both a major step forward for patient safety, and a potential catalyst for more emergency departments to go digital.

UHMBT will be glad to see this rollout go relatively smoothly after the first roll out in 2010 was best by numerous delays.

The original roll out was implemented by the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and was a key part of the NHS' £12bn NHS National Programme for IT.

It was supposed to go live in 2008, but the CSC missed a number of deadlines resulting in a number of questions asking whether they were able to complete other contracts for the NHS.

As a result of the new system at the RLI, staff can now access constantly updated information whenever they need, and regardless of which of the Trust's hospitals they're in.

The benefits the system will offer the staff and the patients include more secure and confidential records, up-to-date information for staff, instant access, quicker discharges, and more detailed summaries at the GP level.

"Perhaps the best indicator of staff engagement is the fact that team members are already asking when we can go paper free." said Dr Jeremy Harrison, emergency care clinician, RLI.

"It also enabled the team to fully support each department rather than split resources over two sites at the same time,” announced Jackie Daniel, chief executive of the trust.

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