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North Staffordshire NHS signs deal for real-time information system

Kathleen Hall

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust (UHNS) has signed a deal for a real-time information system to accurately retrieve patient information and provide a foundation for work on the trust’s work on electronic healthcare records.

The Interoperability ToolKit (ITK) Spine Mini-Service from Quicksilva will enable the trust to verify patient demographic information faster and more accurately without going through lengthy NHS Compliance processes. The trust hopes that the system will reduce the number of penalties incurred. The system incorporates algorithms to run traces and discover data in real time.

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Rebecca Gallimore, deputy head of ICT at UHNS, said the deal would be critical to the hospital’s work on electronic health records as it would enable staff across sites to handle exactly the same information. The hospital will be piloting its electronic records system with a select group of GPs in the next few months.

"Now we have a fully integrated real-time solution within which NHS numbers can be verified and updated automatically on a daily basis," she said.

Plans for the project started a couple of years ago, but the deployment time took sixth months and was completed in December.


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