Hospital trusts join forces to computerise patients records
Two Westcountry hospital trusts have joined forces with a third to start the process of computerising patients records.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, along with a trust in Gloucestershire, have embarked on a tendering process for the introduction of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). A procurement notice has appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union, inviting potential suppliers to manage the upgrade of their computerised systems for tracking patients and their treatment.
All three trusts currently have ageing systems that need replacement as the NHS heads towards a "paper-light" future.
The project, known as SmartCare, will lead to the installation of an EHR at all three trusts, based on a detailed specification that has been developed jointly since last summer.
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SmartCare will provide the three trusts with modern information systems for their teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.
Dr Alison Diamond, the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust's medical director, said: "This is a watershed moment for us.
A good EHR will be fundamental to the quality and safety of our services for many years to come, helping us to ensure that we provide the right treatment at the right time. "Diagnosis will be quicker, patients should be able to get home earlier, and the days when missing notes cause delays should be gone forever.
"The key is that we'll be able to do things differently and more efficiently, to the benefit of thousands of people who come through our doors every year."