The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will integrate First DataBank’s drug database into its Meditech electronic patient record, which is due to go live in November.

The trust has announced it will integrate First DataBank’s Multilex Drug Data File to support eprescribing within its Meditech V6.0 EPR, supplied by Filetek UK. 

The move will enable it to provide patient specific clinical decision support and clinical and commercial information on more than 75,000 pharmaceuticals.

Brian James, chief executive at the trust, said: “This fully integrated electronic patient record will cover the entire patient journey within and beyond the hospital.

"Including First DataBank’s Drug Data File was the obvious choice to support prescribing, dispensing and administration decisions, and to help our health professionals to provide the best patient care.”

The integration will also allow the trust to link prescribing with other functionality such as order and alerts to improve and manage integrated care pathways.

Charles Blackburn, chief executive of FileTek UK, said it was "delighted" to be working with First DataBank.

Rotherham awarded its EPR contract to US clinical software supplier Meditech in March 2009; making it one of the first trusts to sign a deal with a supplier outside of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

The system, which will replace Rotherham’s McKesson TotalCare patient administration system, is believed to have cost around £40m. It is expected to be fully operational by summer 2011.

Link: First DataBank

Brian James will be speaking at EHI Live 2010, the essential two day conference and exhibition for anyone in the e-health community.

Online registration for the event, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham from 8-9 November, is now open.