In a new style of round up – Digital Health is looking back at the latest go lives reported on in the last couple of months.

East Lancashire Hospitals gets a new PACS

The most recent go live was just this week when we reported East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust had gone live with Sectra’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

The system provides instant access to images from several hospitals in the region and has already started to save staff substantial amounts of time when clinicians are reviewing crucial diagnostic images.

Also, for the first time, radiologists in the area are now able to work and report from home, helping to mitigate pressures and improve work life balance.

Somerset has a busy few months

Next up we had Somerset NHS Foundation Trust being the first trust to go live with a national programme powered by Servelec.

The National Records Locator (NRL) for mental health crisis plans is one of four major national programmes run by NHS Digital in partnership with Servelec’s cloud-based Conexes platform.

The plans went live in Somerset in April and allows ambulance services to access mental health crisis plans in the trust’s Rio electronic patient record, which is powered by Servelec.

Sticking with Somerset, the trust also went live with an e-prescribing and medications management solution from Better.

The trust is now using OPENeP across its surgical services.

The move is part of the trust’s IT strategy, which is to integrate key systems using the Better openEHR platform and to add clinical functionality by using the Better Form Builder, vendors committed to an open ethos, and rapid in-house digital development with clinicians.

Humber Teaching gets a new electronic prescribing solution

Sticking with pharmacy, June saw Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, going 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’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.

Greater Manchester accelerates deployment of the GM Care Record 

Also in June, Greater Manchester announced it was accelerating the deployment of the GM Care Record for all 2.8million people.

Powered by Graphnet’s CareCentric shared record software, the platform collates information held by different health and care providers to ensure that doctors, nurses and practitioners providing care and treatment can see up to date medical records, medications and test results.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the GM Care Record has worked with Graphnet to include information about when a patient has been tested or diagnosed with Covid-19 and whether they are self-isolating at home or have been hospitalised.