Barts and The London NHS Trust has signed a deal with HD Clinical to replace its cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery systems with a web-based electronic patient record that will link to Cerner Millennium.

The Solus system will enable the trust to centralise its cardiac, cardiothoracic and vascular data management systems.

It will also link to the cardiac audit database, to provide alerting capability to make sure national data requirements are being met.

A spokesperson for the trust told E-Health Insider: “The system will replace several legacy databases that are used to support national and local information reporting requirements.

"It will deliver efficiency savings in the collection of data and improved reporting on clinical activity.”

In addition, the three year contract will provide electronic discharge summaries, produce reports and integration with document management, and allow information from medical devices to be immediately made available in web browsers throughout the trust’s three sites.

The system will fully integrate with the trust’s Cerner Millennium electronic patient record system, which it implemented under the National Programme for IT in the NHS in April 2008.

The spokesperson added: “The version of Cerner Millennium presently deployed at the trust does not support the detailed requirements of the cardiology department – although we anticipate that it will do in the future.

“It has always been expected that a large and complex teaching hospital such as Barts and The London, with many specialist services, will have systems requirements that cannot be met through a single core product."

The trust follows Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in signing deals for the new system.

Dr Clive Layton, chief executive of HD Clinical, told EHI: “Barts and the London represents an important contract win for HD Clinical. It will be a flagship London site, complementing the implementation in Mid Yorkshire, which is already being extended.

“The next implementation will be at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where Solus Gateway is expected to go live at the end of October.”

Link: HD Clinical