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Wye Valley NHS Trust to get open-source EPR

Health trust signs five-year contract with IMS Maxims for its open-source electronic patient record system

Wye Valley NHS Trust has signed a five-year contract with IMS Maxims for its open-source electronic patient record (EPR) system.

It is the second UK health trust to choose the openMAXIMS platform after Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust signed up for the system last year.

Wye Valley aims to go live with the system by the end of 2016, when the contract for the trust’s iPM patient administration system, which it received as part of the National Programme for IT, expires.

Simon Lind, project and portfolio manager at Wye Valley, said this was not about doing an ICT project, but “about clinical process change assisted by the right technology”.

He said the decision to go with an open-source system was partly due to being able to tailor the software for the trust’s specific requirements and “share or access developments in the code with other healthcare providers”.

“The fact that there are no licence charges was of particular interest to us,” he added.

The trust intends the new EPR to integrate across multiple care settings, including social and primary care. It will also implement order communications and diagnostics reporting, electronic discharge summaries, clinic letters, bed scheduling, tests and theatres.

The EPR will be used as a platform to integrate the trust’s existing systems, giving users one log-in to access different services.

Taunton and Somerset became the first NHS trust to sign up for the system last year, and originally planned to go live with it in May this year, but this has now been pushed back to September.

Open source has continued to gain traction in the NHS and NHS England is actively supporting trusts that want to use open-source software. Earlier this year, the NHS open-source movement launched an openMAXIMS community interest company (CIC) to guide the development of an open-source EPR for the NHS. The CIC will act as a custodian for the openMAXIMS product.

Wye Valley received £1.3m in funding for its “integrated digital care record” project from the second round of NHS England’s Integrated Digital Care Fund last year.

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