Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has selected Allscripts to deliver its electronic patient record (EPR) after having already implemented the supplier’s patient administration system (PAS).

The trust went live with Allscript’s PAS in October 2017 and hopes to add the Sunrise EPR in autumn as part of a phased deployment.

Part of this deployment will see order communications and test results, e-prescribing, clinical documents, and Sunrise Mobile Care rolled out across the trust.

It will also deploy Sunrise Emergency Care in its A&E department, and Sunrise Surgical Care in theatres.

Director of IT, Michael Beckett, said the trust’s deployment of the Allscripts PAS made Sunrise a “natural progression” for the organisation and was confident that Allscripts could support the trust’s objectives and digital ambitions, over the lifetime of the contract.

He added: “This trust cannot meet its objectives using a best of breed solution. We need a single EPR to support users, and Allscripts is the best fit for us.”

It is also hoped the trust’s decision to select AllScripts will help support closer working between health and care organisations in Kent.

Neighbouring East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is an Allscripts PAS and Sunrise customer, having signed up for Sunrise in December 2016. Nearby Medway NHS Foundation Trust also uses Allscripts’ PAS system.

Steve Brain, vice president and UK managing director of Allscripts, said: “Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells’ decision to extend its relationship with Allscripts is a huge vote of confidence in us as a digitisation partner, and we look forward to working with them on a full breadth and depth EPR deployment.

“As organisations across Kent start to form an integrated care service, it is vital that the EPRs used by the areas main hospitals are open and interoperable and ready to share information with each other.

“Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells’ decision to select Sunrise puts the whole area in a much better position to move forward with this agenda, and we also look forward to supporting it on that journey.”