Our latest roundup of contracts and go lives features news from Kent and Medway Medical Imaging Consortium and The Royal Marsden, who both selected new PACS, and more.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust deploys e-prescribing tool

We start with news last month from Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who went live with its new e-prescribing system, in a bid to increase efficiency and improve patient safety.

The implementation of System C’s CareFlow Medicines Management system means staff at Barnsley can use the new digital tool to chart drugs, complete rounds and administer medications. It removes the issue of the potential illegibility of paper prescriptions, which is freeing up staff time and minimising the risk of errors.

The roll out was supported by local university students who are on clinical placement with the trust. This initiative was set up to inspire and engage a digital-focused workforce for the future.

Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Service implements new LIMS

Also in May we had news that Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS pathology services was to replace four standalone systems used across eight hospital sites, with a single Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

The modernisation of the pathology network will help enhance patient services in the area and optimise the use of information to improve healthcare.

The new LIMS, which will be powered by Citadel Health, will deliver a common platform that will see all laboratories linked together for the first time.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Service was awarded nearly £10million after a successful bid to NHS Digital to procure the new system.

Kent NHS trusts modernise imaging diagnostics with new PACS

A few days later Kent and Medway Medical Imaging Consortium announced it had procured a new medical imaging system to support faster diagnoses for patients.

The new system from Sectra will mean that clinicians at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Medway NHS Foundation Trust will all have access to medical imaging regardless of where it was captured.

At the same time the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) will enable the trusts within the consortium to pool their resources and help balance the workload at a time when radiologists and specialists are scarce. And it will also support greater flexibility for radiologists, allowing them to work from anywhere.

University Hospitals Plymouth emergency department goes digital

As May was drawing to a close University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust’s Derriford Hospital’s emergency department went digital with the deployment of new software modules to its EPR.

The introduction of ED and Patient Safety modules to the hospital’s Nervecentre EPR will improve the safety of the emergency department and boost efficiencies. By digitising all nursing and medication documentation the whole clinical team will have visibility.

The new modules will negate the need for staff to locate paper notes. On arrival at the ED, patients will be triaged by staff using an integrated electronic assessment in Nervecentre.

Northampton General Hospital begins digital medical records project

As June got underway there was more digitisation news as Northampton General Hospital commenced its digital medical records project to improve clinician access.

By fully digitising the patient record, the trust hopes to deliver mobile clinical decision-making support to its healthcare professionals which will improve the care it offers patients.

More than 200,000 medical records will be securely scanned into IMMJ Systems’ MediViewer, an electronic document management system (EDMS). In addition, the trust will use its existing in-house scanning service to manage the day forward scanning operation, which will be supported by IMMJ Systems.

The Royal Marsden selects new image capture solution

And finally, bringing you up to date we had news this month from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, who has selected a new imaging solution to support patient care.

The trust will be using Hyland Healthcare’s PACSgear image capture solution to support patient data management. It will provide easier image capture and improved visibility of medical images and data.

The system will integrate with the Royal Marsden’s existing OnBase content services platform, which has enabled the trust to consolidate existing documents and optimise workflows and performance. Additionally, both products integrate with the Epic EPR which is due to go live at the trust in March 2023.