We want our staff to be able to access the information they need about a patient, when they need it, wherever they are, without having to wait to use a computer, find a piece of paper or ask the patient yet again.
This is our vision for the future of healthcare technology - a future where our information systems are innovative, efficient, effective, safe, accessible and reliable, helping us improve patient care and save money.
A programme called SmartCare is working to make this vision become a reality and implement a new Electronic Health Record calledTrakCare in our hospitals, transforming how we deliver healthcare for future generations.
Full deployment of the system will not be complete until late 2017. Once fully live, the EHR will:
- Is kept constantly up to date and available to key staff involved in each patient's care
- Improves patient safety by, for example, highlighting special needs, allergies and past medication doses
- Supports clinicians in taking decisions on treatment, with prompts to take action or to carry out tests
- Speeds up the ordering and turnaround of tests, such as blood and tissue analysis
- Puts an end to the difficulties posed by missing notes
- Reduces medication errors
- Means patients shouldn't need to repeat the same information to different staff
- Reduces or eliminates the use of paper
Chief Executive, Deborah Lee, said: "The implementation of TrakCare represents a significant investment in technology and has the potential to transform the way we deliver care.
"It is about putting our patients and their safety first, using the best of digital technology to improve the experience and outcomes for our patients. There is no doubt that this is a big change for our staff, adjusting their working practices and getting used to new systems, while at the same timne delivering high quality care."
Staff can read more about SmartCare and how it will affect them on the intranet.
Find out more - watch our short SmartCare film
How will SmartCare improve life for staff and patients in Maternity & ED?