London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have signed an agreement with Cerner to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR).

The partnership was signed in February and will see the two organisations join the Cerner Millennium EHR platform which is already in use at neighbouring Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

It marks the first time four English trusts have been brought together on one platform and forms part of the North West London Integrated Care System (ICS).

Sharing the same EHR system means health and care professionals across the four acute trusts in the ICS will have access to an up-to-date and shared view of a patient’s information, irrespective of the treatment venue. The aim is to deliver more coordinated and more informed care across the patch.

Robbie Cline, joint-CIO for London North West University Healthcare and The Hillingdon Hospitals, said: “This marks an exciting and important step forward in using technology to offer our patients the best possible care.

“We are looking forward to working closely with our clinical teams, our colleagues across northwest London, and our patients as we introduce our new EHR.”

Sharing a single EHR also means the organisations involved can share expertise, resources and clinical pathways across all 12 facilities, allowing them to enhance their operational and financial efficiencies, and improve user experience for staff working at multiple sites.

Distie Profit, managing director for Cerner in the UK, added: “We are excited by this ground-breaking collaboration to help improve care quality and efficiency across northwest London.

“The benefits that will come from these four organisations sharing an EHR will put them in an advantageous position to enhance the way care is designed and delivered across the region and brings them one step closer to delivering the collective ambitions of the ICS.”