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Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust wants new EPR by 2018

Health trust is seeking a 10-year contract for an electronic patient record system, with the aim of going live in 2018

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has issued a tender for an electronic patient record (EPR) system as part of a “radical new IT strategy”.

The trust is looking for a “clinical wrap EPR” to be used across the organisation, including a patient portal and e-prescribing.

In the tender document, the trust said it is seeking “a commercial and well-established solution to ensure compliance with the implementation timescales of a go-live date of 2018”.

“Therefore any solution which is not developed for a rapid implementation is unlikely to be successful,” it added.

In its IT strategy, which forms part of the trust’s strategic plan, published in 2014, it said it wants an EPR available at the point of care to ensure its services are “safer, more efficient and more effective for patients, carers and staff”.

It wants an EPR that can integrate with other services, such as primary, community, secondary and social care, in line with NHS England’s mandate for all NHS organisations to have interoperable electronic records available at the point of care by 2020.

The desired system will have a range of modules, including: nursing documentation, electronic observations, order communications, theatre management and clinical decision support.

It will also need to cover maternity services in the community and in the hospital, as well as clinical documentation to replace the current paper record.

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According to its internal audit strategy, which will be presented to the board this week, the trust is currently developing the business case for the new EPR.

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