Milton Keynes hospitals go live with electronic care records

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Milton Keynes hospitals go live with electronic care records

Lindsay Clark

Milton Keynes General Hospital and the community hospitals of Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust introduced a new electronic care records service over the weekend.

With the help of Fujitsu Services, a local service provider to the NHS National Programme for IT, the hospital introduced the first release of Cerner Millennium (R0). The system was due to go live last year but was delayed at the final stages so the hospital and Fujitsu could resolve problems with the software.

Mark Norwood, IT director of Milton Keynes General Hospital, said hospital staff were prepared for some disruption as the new system beds in.

"It is still very early days and there are the expected issues as staff get used to a new system. This is a big project and there will inevitably be some operational impact and we are geared up to cope with this."

The Cerner system will replace a 20-year-old patient administration system (PAS) which was nearing the end of its useful life. As well as a new PAS, the Cerner Millennium CRS includes a new system for A&E and the Clinicals module.

Data migration from the old PAS to the new CRS went smoothly, the hospital said. The CRS was brought up in controlled phases across the wards and departments, and during and after transition the busy 460-bed acute hospital and community sites have continued to run normally, said the hospital.

The Milton Keynes' NHS Trusts serve a growing population of approximately 230,000.

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