Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has selected Hyland Healthcare to provide a content services platform.

Hyland’s OnBase will consolidate the trust’s existing documents to bring them all together in one digital repository – something that Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust took advantage of in June this year.

The trust will also be integrating content services and enterprise imaging within one platform, and this will be supported by the use of NilRead, Hyland’s web-based enterprise diagnostic viewer and Acuo vendor neutral archive (VNA). Combined, the enhanced infrastructure will form Gloucester’s IT backbone, enhancing interoperability, streamlining workflow and delivering digital access to clinical information smoothly.

A number of benefits come with having a single platform. For example, consult notes and medical imaging will be accessible from within a secure archive. Images and reports will be available in a single view, in patient context within Allscripts EPR workflow trust-wide. It will also enable remote diagnostic image access and interpretation.

Steven Hardy, associate CIO and head of clinical systems at the trust, said: “This is a key step in our five-year plan and journey to reach HIMMS level 6. We have made significant progress towards our goal of improving patient care and safety through strategic and innovative digital initiatives and the introduction of OnBase and the Acuo VNA is an important step in this journey.

“The ease of integration with existing clinical and enterprise-wide systems, alongside the opportunity to harness insights for research and better clinical outcomes, will create significant benefits. In addition, this will enable clinicians to have all the information they need at their fingertips, to make informed clinical decisions.”

Gloucestershire Hospitals is one of the NHS’ Digital Aspirant, and this latest move is all part of the trusts’ wider digital transformation strategy, which will see it phase out its existing document management system.

Haroon Iqbal, EMEA healthcare account manager of Hyland, added: “The last 18 months have reinforced the fundamental importance played by an organisation’s enterprise content management infrastructure and enterprise medical imaging to support clinical and business needs. In addition, our global experience in EPR integrations, coupled with local regional presence, was something the trust is looking to take advantage of.

“With potential future requirements in other key areas of the organisation, the Trust is already exploring the possibilities of expanding the platform. We look forward to continuing our work with GHNHSFT to further enhance the patient experience and staff efficiency.”