NHS Sheffield Care Trust has improved its service to patients by using electronic content management software.
Since 2002, the trust, which covers nearly 90 sites, has been creating electronic health records on a system developed in-house based on Microsoft .net and SQL. However, records from before this date were on paper, microfiche and CD.
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With IT service provider Avanqest, the trust has scanned its paper documents on to a system from OnBase, which is integrated with the hospital's patient administration system.
This allows doctors to call up historic records from anywhere on the network, instead of having to send for them, which could take up to a week, said Tom Davidson, director of IT at Sheffield Care Trust.
"This is improving patient care.Doctors no longer have to wait for information. If a patient has a crisis in the night, doctors can know what drugs they have been on, what care methods have been used and what other doctors they have seen. Our service is open 24 hours, but the [paper] medical records department is only open until 5pm," he said.
Davidson said the system would eventually be moved to a patient administration system in the National Programme for IT, but not in the near future. "They do not have the functionality we enjoy. When they catch up, we will move," he said.
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