UK prisons use digital healthcare records system

The healthcare records of UK offenders are now available electronically, following the completion of an electronic healthcare records system across 136 prisons.

The healthcare records of UK offenders are now available electronically, following the completion of an electronic...

healthcare records system across 136 prisons.

The system - implemented by CSC and based on SystmOne clinical software developed by TPP - allows offender healthcare records to be kept up to date and ensures that healthcare needs are met with the most appropriate and timely treatments.

The prison solution was tested by early adopters in 2006, with subsequent deployments across the north, midlands and east of England, where CSC acts as the local service provider for NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH).

Several organisations collaborated on the project, including CSC, NHS CfH, the offender health team at the Department of Health and the National Offender Management Service.

Andrew Spence, CSC director of UK healthcare strategy, said: "This programme underlines how multiple stakeholders can work successfully together to deliver solutions on a national basis. It is encouraging that the prison service across the whole of England viewed our solution as the most efficient and effective way to meet their healthcare requirements. This work is an example of how CSC is transforming healthcare with better information for better decisions: helping to save lives and money."

Sue Hughes, prison health IT programme manager at NHS CfH, said: "Healthcare staff tell us that the national clinical IT system is making a real difference to their efforts to provide better and safer care for prisoners, who have some of the most serious and complex healthcare needs in society. It was important for us to implement the system quickly and this could not have happened without the highly effective implementation approach and the close and collaborative working arrangements between ourselves and the many parties involved, including CSC and software supplier TPP."



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