Harris Healthcare solution part of bid by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust to become paperless by 2018
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has selected Harris Healthcare’s Clinical Integration Platform to help fulfill its vision of providing a paperless and mobile clinical environment as part of a wider modernisation programme.
The trust, which has signed a pilot agreement for 500 licences, will use the clinical portal to bring together patient information from numerous different clinical systems that currently work in isolation. This will provide healthcare professionals with a real-time, intuitive and comprehensive view of critical patient data necessary to provide safe, high-quality and timely patient care.
The trust is one of the largest and busiest in the UK, with a team of more than 7,000 staff across five sites. The initial phase of the implementation will integrate data from six major clinical systems including the trust’s patient administration system, pathology system, document management system, vital signs monitoring system, PACS and theatres system.
We have chosen to pilot the use of a clinical portal solution with the intention that it provides the technology to enable staff to operate more efficient and paperless clinics in line with the trust’s IT strategy and the Government’s challenge to create a paperless NHS by 2018
Bob Reeves, head of IT at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have chosen to pilot the use of a clinical portal solution across three clinical specialities with the intention that it provides the technology to enable staff to operate more efficient and paperless clinics in line with the trust’s IT strategy and the Government’s challenge to create a paperless NHS by 2018.
“By using such technology and simplifying our processes, the trust estimates that the solution can reduce the amount of time that busy A&E doctors spend searching for patient information by up to 20 minutes for more complex patients.”
In combination with Imprivata’s OneSign Single-Sign On the clinical portal will automatically log in, draw and present relevant patient information from each of the systems and provide it on a single screen. In addition, the system will also be set up to enable doctors to order standard diagnostic tests quickly and confirm receipt of results.
The clinical portal has great clinical buy-in as it works with the systems that frontline staff are already familiar with, but also provides a much clearer and quicker way to access patient data to ensure healthcare professionals have the right information at the right time.