5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with the RiO electronic patient record system across its physical health services, four months later than originally planned.

The trust is now continuing with plans to implement the RiO EPR across its other community health services, and all of its mental health services.

5 Boroughs was the second of seven trusts in the North West clinical information systems framework group to award a contract, when it signed with Serverlec Healthcare in July 2013 covering its mental health, learning disabilities and community health services.

The trust had initially planned to go live with the RiO EPR last October. However, it postponed the go-live until February 2 due to “a number of issues…identified through the testing, service transition and operational readiness activities”.

The problems included “a number of intermittent technical issues” as well as data quality concerns, but the trust resolved the problems last December before setting the revised go-live date.

Dr Louise Sell, the trust’s medical director, told EHI News eight of the trust’s community health services went live on RiO yesterday morning “after a significant amount of work by the RiO project team and a large number of staff”.

Sell said the implementation of the RiO EPR as a single system covering all services is “a fundamental part of the trust’s informatics strategy”.

The go-live will be followed by two further “cohorts”, covering all other community health services and all of the trust’s mental health services.

Sell said implementation planning for the remaining cohorts is still ongoing.

5 Boroughs became the first mental health trust to go-live with CSC’s Lorenzo Regional Care Release 1, which it received under the National Programme for IT in 2009.

The system was slated to be used across the North and Midlands of England, but suffered a series of development and deployment delays.

At 5 Boroughs, it was only deployed in child and adolescent mental health services. The trust later went on to join the North West framework in order to get a new clinical information system.

The other trusts on the framework are; Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust; Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Mersey Care NHS Trust; and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care.