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Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS to get “pre-built” EPR

The NHS trust decides to invest in an electronic patient record system from Cerner as part of a major investment programme in IT and infrastructure

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has chosen Cerner as its preferred supplier for its electronic patient record system (EPR).

The investment is part of a programme to improve the trust’s IT and infrastructure, which it hopes will enable clinicians to deliver better care and save time.

The trust originally went out to tender for an EPR in July 2015 in a contract worth £16.5m. The value of the final deal has not been disclosed.

The investment in the EPR will have to be approved by NHS Improvement. The trust hopes to start implementation in August 2016, with the view of going live with the system in November 2017.

The EPR will offer a series of modules, including e-prescribing, emergency department, clinical support, theatres, critical care, bed management and clinical documentation. The trust will also implement a patient portal functionality, allowing patients to access their own records.

The trust is keeping its CSC iPM patient administration system (PAS), which it received as part of the National Programme for IT. In the original tender, the trust said it wanted an EPR that could function as a “wrap” around its PAS.

Following a successful go-live, the trust will then look at options for a second phase to replace the PAS.

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“Therefore, the trust reserves the option to utilise additional existing and future healthcare functionality provided by the chosen supplier, which will be evaluated through the term of the contract,” the original tender said.

Pete Davis, chief clinical information officer at the trust, said the decision to implement a new EPR is “going to represent a quantum leap in our capacity to provide safer care, to reduce unnecessary variation and to improve patient experience”.

Cerner uses a standard NHS model that will “pre-build” the system, but still allows for local configuration, which the trust said it was impressed by.

In community services, the trust uses TPP SystmOne, and the Cerner system will integrate with both community and GP systems. ... ............ ..... ...... ... ...

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