Morecambe sign for new Technidata LIS

  • 19 May 2008

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) have signed a contract with Technidata to implement TD-Synergy, an integrated laboratory information system (LIS) with automated safety tracking features for blood management.

The system will handle all laboratory information from the trust’s three separate laboratory sites, based in acute hospitals in Kendal, Lancaster and Barrow, and integrate it so that it can be accessed from any of the sites, and stored in any system within the trust, including the patient administration system,.

Keith Stephenson, head of diagnostics at UHMBT, told E-Health Insider: “This integrated record will enable lab staff to share secure patient record data and test results for real-time collaborative analysis, and will, over time, provide clinicians with online ordering and results access from any clinical setting within the trust’s 50 mile circumference.”

The system, set to go-live in September, will link with the iSoft Lorenzo care record system, which Morecambe will be piloting as an early adopter site this summer.

Stephenson added: “The result of this should be more efficient patient follow-up and better care safety in a single, fully integrated information management environment. The system has advanced integration capabilities, and has proven capable of linking up our laboratory, radiology, PAS and pathology systems.”

“We were looking for a LIS that conformed to NPfIT requirements and would give us a single, futureproofed environment for EPR, order communications and results reporting and an automatic Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency compliant blood tracking system to replace our manual procedures. The new LIS will also facilitate user access across the trust facilities and out to our community GPs.”

The system will also help the trust to track the test request-to-result cycle over an 18 week period.

Dave Simm, managing director at Technidata UK, told EHI: “UHMBT will now have the ability to see results at any time, and will be able to utilise applications such as digital dictation to report their findings in a more timely manner. It means that all the statistics which need putting together and sorting can be done automatically and interrogated by the system instead of by busy staff.”

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