Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, has gone live with an electronic prescribing and medicine management solution from DXC Lorenzo.

Staff at more than 70 sites throughout Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire can now access a patient’s medication information electronically and issue prescriptions from anywhere.

The trust is the 11th in the country to go live with the DXC Technology electronic prescribing and medication management (ePMA) component of the Lorenzo electronic patient record system.

Lee Rickles, CIO at the trust, said: “Our ePMA deployment shows we are really extracting clinical value out of Lorenzo. Moving to a digital solution means we have reliable information available at any point of care.”

“ePMA is just one of the final pieces of the digital jigsaw. Our electronic patient record is being fully utilised as a vehicle for change and this latest development gives staff confidence we can continue our digital journey for the foreseeable future.”

The system has been implemented to meet the specific needs of mental health services at the multi-speciality health and social care provider. For example, in the case of controlled medicines, the system now automatically requires users of appropriate authority to enter a passcode, to demonstrate that medicine administration has been appropriately witnessed.

The trust’s off-site pharmacy partner, LloydsPharmacy, also has direct access to the system, enabling staff to access the information they need directly from community locations.

Colin Henderson, DXC’s director of healthcare and life sciences for the UK, Ireland, Israel, the Middle East and Africa (UKIIMEA), added: “It is impressive to see how the trust is applying technology to solve clinical challenges through extending its digitisation of medicines management to an external pharmacy provider.

“This is a powerful example of how technology can provide meaningful insights to healthcare professionals to transform care and improve safety in increasingly pressured hospital environments.”