Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: West Suffolk Hospital begins transition to new £17million electronic patient records system

15:30 06 August 2014

West Suffolk Hospital A&E.

West Suffolk Hospital A&E.

Archant

A £17million programme to bring West Suffolk Hospital’s patient records into the digital age is underway.

shares

The electronic patient record (EPR) project will see a state-of-the art, standardised IT system introduced across the hospital, giving staff instant access to real-time digital records.

Known as e-Care, it will bring all available information about each patient into one place, making it easy to access while removing the need for paper records.

The new system will also make it simpler for staff to double check information, which means they will no longer need to ask patients the same questions several times, as well as making records easier to share across the NHS.

Dermot O’Riordan, consultant surgeon and interim chief executive, is leading the project for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

He said: “Investing in this important new system is the most significant decision the hospital has made in recent years.

“e-Care is about putting our patients – their outcomes and safety – first, and will ensure our clinical staff have the necessary technical support to continue providing the highest standards of care.

“This is a very exciting time for the trust. We are all keen to get started and begin delivering the benefits of e-Care to our patients.”

A total of £17.2m will be invested in the project over the next 10 years, while the system is expected to deliver savings of £22.4m over the same period.

The project will be delivered by Cerner Corporation, which was awarded the contract following an extensive procurement process led by clinicians.

Giulio Bognolo, chief medical officer with Cerner Limited, said: “We’re delighted to be joining West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on this journey to better, safer and more efficient care for the patients of their community. 

“Already being recognised nationally as a leader for the use of information technology in healthcare, the hospital is the ideal partner for Cerner in that their existing experience with IT and vision for a clinical transformation project aligns perfectly for what we help enable around the world. 

“Our efforts in the UK are specifically focused on organisations that aim to improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes, and we know we have the perfect partner in the Trust to complete this vision.”

e-Care will replace the hospital’s current patient administration system (PAS), which is around 20 years old and will not receive technical support beyond 2015.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Charles Notcutt and The Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show 2002

A leading horticulturalist and businessman, whose name became synonymous with a Suffolk town, will be remembered with a service of thanksgiving in September.

Henry Birt, with Director Ben Emerson, is retiring from Roland Plastics after many years service.

Woodbridge man Henry Birt is hanging up his coat and finally retiring - for the second time - after 41 years of working for Roland Plastics.

Tony rasping his 49th horse of the challenge - the 1000kg Suffolk Punch 'Oswald' owned by Sue and Andrew Wager of Heybridge.

A vet took on a charity challenge with a difference as he rasped 50 horses’ teeth across Essex and Suffolk in just 24 hours.

Festival goers learn archery at Mersea Island Festival, an adventure break for children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability, at Essex Outdoors in Mersea.

The annual Mersea Island Festival has seen people try out a range of adventurous activities.

Fire Fighters damping down the fire at The George Pub in Wickham Market in 2013

No progress has been made on the restoration of the pub by its new owners, who bought the site from Punch Taverns for £62,000 last year.

The scene of the accident on the A133 at Weeley between a push bike and a van.

A cyclist has died in hospital following a collision with a van on the A133 at Weeley.

Officers at the scene of an arrest connected with a robbery in Felixstowe

This image shows the moment police moved in to arrest a man in connection with a robbery of a Ladbrokes store which netted hundreds of pounds.

Police are investigating after rope was tied across a road

‘Lives are being put at risk’ – that’s the warning from Essex Police after motorists had to manoeuvre around a rope which was tied across a road.

Writer and historian Dr Mark Felton

A historian and author from Colchester whose book has been picked up by Hollywood has released a new thriller based on another daring Second World War mission.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich.

The number of high earners at Suffolk County Council has risen for the first time in four years, according to new figures.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages