Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has delayed its implementation of Lorenzo Regional Care Release 1.9 until the summer, E-Health Insider has learned.

Last May, NHS Bury’s informatics plan revealed that both the primary care trust and the mental health services trust would be working to implement Lorenzo R 1.9 in 2009, under the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

While NHS Bury went live with R1.9 in November, Pennine Care has rescheduled its deployment. If it had gone ahead, it would have become the first mental health trust to implement the release.

Barbara Hoyle, ICT director at the trust, told E-Health Insider: “As an early planning date, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has been working to deploy Lorenzo Regional Care Release 1.9 in November 2009.

"This date was later revised and we remain on track to deploy Lorenzo Care Management by June 2010." The trust declined to respond to questions about the reasons for the delay.

Hoyle added: “The trust will be replacing its existing PAS [patient administration system] – CSCA hosted iPM – with Lorenzo 1.9 across all its inpatient, outpatient and community services.

"Go-live will be phased over a one week period to ensure efficient support on the ground for 800 system users. Staff training schedules are currently being developed and it is anticipated that the training will commence in April.”

Last year, director general of informatics Christine Connelly said that local service providers needed to make “significant progress” with getting strategic electronic patient record systems into the acute sector.

Her targets included CSC, the LSP for the North, Midlands and East, being on track to implement iSoft’s Lorenzo R1.9 into any care setting by November 2009 and “on track” to deploy it into an acute care setting in March 2010.

Board papers published in November 2009 by Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority say that “Morecambe Bay will be the first acute trust to take this system, which is planned to go-live on the 29 March 2010.”

Links: Yorkshire and the Humber IT Programme-Update