Smart care signals a bright future for patients in Gloucestershire
HOSPITALS in Gloucestershire are being dragged into the 21st century with the introduction of a new patient records system that will revolutionise the way information is kept.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has embarked on a tendering process for the introduction of an electronic patient
record (EPR), which will underpin improvements in care for years to come.
Potential suppliers are being invited to enter bids for the procurement process to replace ageing systems to be replaced as the NHS heads towards a ‘paper light’ future.
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Consultant Anaesthetist Mike Richards said the move was a ‘watershed moment’ for county healthcare.
“A comprehensive electronic patient record will be fundamental to the quality and safety of our services for many years to come,” he said. “It will help 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 the many patients who come through our doors every year.”
The procurement notice has been placed by a consortium of three hospital trusts, Gloucestershire, Yeovil and North Devon, which came together last year to replace their computerised systems for tracking patients and their treatment:
The project, known as SmartCare, will lead to the installation of an EPR at all three trusts, based on a detailed specification that has been developed jointly since last summer.
SmartCare will provide the three trusts with modern information systems for their teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff.
The changeover should see an end to missing notes, reduce medication errors and cut down on paper costs.
A preferred supplier will be announced in the New Year.