South Warwickshire NHS moves to CSC electronic patient records

South Warwickshire has rolled out an electronic patient record system from IT services firm CSC as it moves away from paper records

South Warwickshire has completed the implementation of an electronic patient record system from IT services firm CSC as it moves away from the need for paper records.

The NHS foundation trust said the Lorenzo system, which was designed and implemented by CSC, will help it become paperless. The government wants all patients to have compatible digital records so their health information can follow them around the health and social care system.

Danny Roberts, chief technology officer at South Warwickshire, said: “The implementation of Lorenzo by CSC will provide the trust with a strong foundation on which to develop clinical functionality and achieve a paperless patient record by 2020.  Over time the system will allow improvements in clinical safety and efficiency that will benefit patients, staff and the NHS more broadly.”

The new system has been implemented in the hospital and community sites within the trust. “Lorenzo will streamline our current systems into one and support us in offering the best possible service and care to our patients,” said Glen Burley, CEO at the trust, which has 4,200 employees and serves 550,000 citizens.

The Lorenzo patient record system was part of the now defunct NHS National Project for IT (NPfIT). CSC wrote off the $1.5bn it had invested in the troubled NPfIT, which was dismantled at the end of 2011. Its contract to provide electronic patient records systems for the project was troubled by a series of missed milestones. NPfIT did ok in areas such as infrastructure and specialist imaging systems for trusts, but it failed on electronic patient records systems - it was due to have delivered 155 systems by the spring of 2007 but had managed just 16. 

Despite this, healthcare is one of CSC’s strongest businesses in the UK. For example, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust recently replaced its patient administration system with a CSC Lorenzo. And in December Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust announced its decision to use the system. In total 13 NHS trusts use the software with140 hospitals and 2,300 GP practices included.

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