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NPfIT pushes forward with first Lorenzo deployment at an acute trust

Rebecca Thomson

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust has rolled out the Lorenzo Regional Care system to all hospital sites.

It is the first deployment of its kind at an acute trust in England. It involved the migration of 80 million data transactions to the new system from the old patient administration system, and the training of more than 3,500 staff.

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Hospitals including Furness General, Westmorland General and Royal Lancaster Infirmary received the system, implemented by CSC and iSoft and completed on 3 June.

Tony Halsall, CEO at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, said, "Becoming the first acute trust in England to implement Lorenzo is not only fantastic news for the trust and our staff, but also for our patients."

Other recently announced work in the NHS includes NHS Southwark, which will be the first primary care trust in London to upgrade to the new version of Rio software.

The software allows hospitals, communities, mental health trusts and GPs to share electronic patient records, giving clinicians better access to accurate patient information. Preparations for the upgrade will begin this month and it is expected to go live in spring next year to 600 health professionals.

The upgrade is part of a wider move to paperless patient records being rolled out by the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The aim is to provide better data security, accuracy and access than paper notes.

Malcolm Hines, deputy chief executive and director of resources at NHS Southwark, said, "This upgrade to our IT systems will support NHS Southwark staff in providing the best care to patients. Rio will mean better, safer care for patients wherever and whenever they need it. We are looking forward to rolling it out across the borough."


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