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University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust aims to go live with an electronic health record system by the end of 2016, which will allow the hospital to share information with two other local NHS trusts and help to save more than £1m a year.
The trust recently signed a contract to implement the OnBase by Hyland enterprise content management system as part of its electronic patient record strategy.
The system enables the trust to get rid of paper forms, and any paper-based documentation from other providers will be digitised as soon as it arrives. It also allows clinicians to share relevant information with Solent NHS Trust and Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, using secure computers and tablets.
Southampton is also working on a programme to scan any paper records in the hospital, which will be completed by 2017 when the hospital’s health records library is due to close.
Adrian Byrne, director of management and technology at the trust, said the system will “enable our teaching hospitals to remain exemplar sites for world-class healthcare, research and innovation”.
“The move from paper medical records to electronic records also supports the government's vision of a paperless NHS by 2020 and provides a firm footing for the future of healthcare in Southampton,” he added.
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The trust’s deputy medical director, Derek Waller, said the system would “revolutionise healthcare delivery” and reduce the need for storage of paper records, saving the three trusts more than £1m a year.
The trust recently also began rolling out a new electronic observations system from iMDsoft, which will see it use iPod Touch devices to enter patients’ vital signs. The system will be integrated with its electronic patient record.