Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that it has started rolling-out Lorenzo almost a year after it was initially expected to go-live.

The trust exclusively told E-Health Insider that it had started the first stage of a phased live service roll-out of the iSoft electronic patient record as part of the National Programme for IT in the NHS’ early adopter programme.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “Lorenzo has been used successfully in the care of an initial group of patients who have attended a weekly joint replacement clinic run by nurse practitioners.

“Over the next three months, we plan to build on this platform by extending the use of Lorenzo into a consultant-led clinic and two orthopedic wards.

“We are finalising the wider-roll out programme, which will enable electronic requesting and reporting of all imaging and pathology investigations via Lorenzo.”

Bradford is the third organisation to go-live. South Birmingham Primary Care Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust both started using Lorenzo on a limited basis last year, after similar extensive delays.

Lorenzo developer iSoft, owned by IBA Health, is the main strategic software sub-contractor to Computer Sciences Corporation, which is due to deliver the electronic patient record to three fifths of the NHS as the local service provider for the North, Midlands and East of England.

Lorenzo was initially promised by the national programme in late 2004. The next-generation electronic record and care pathways software is now due to be delivered in a series of releases to the health service.

The first release is meant to include electronic requesting and some reporting, clinical documentation and assessments delivered ahead of an integrated Lorenzo PAS becoming available. Additional clinical functionality will be added in three further releases.

In its statement, Bradford said it is “developing a separate project to use Lorenzo’s ‘clinical documentation’ functionality to capture clinical information in clinics and wards for patients on the elective hip and knee replacement pathway within orthopedics.”

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