Cambric Systems, a supplier of healthcare patient data software solutions for use in secondary and community-based healthcare settings, has announced that the National Treatment Centre (NTC) Highland has deployed the Morse Electronic Patient Record (EPR).

The brand-new facility located in Inverness, which opened in April 2023 and is one of 10 treatment centres funded by the Scottish Government, will use Cambric Systems’ digital solution and interactive m-Forms capabilities to strengthen NHS Highland’s e-health programme, helping to deliver seamless multi-disciplinary patient care across the region.

NHS Highland decided to build on its long-standing partnership with Cambric to bring consistency and continuity of care to the newly launched NTC and establish a more efficient, paper-light approach to storing, accessing and updating patient records.

Fiona Grist, NTC clinical nurse manager, said: “The NTC was created primarily to help reduce waiting times for specialist eye and orthopaedic care and the deployment of Morse technology is certainly helping us to achieve that goal.

“The solution allows us to work differently and more efficiently, streamlining our processes and providing a clear view of complete patient pathways.”

Staff in every discipline from recovery and consultants to general nursing staff and allied health professionals (AHPs) such as occupational and physiotherapists, rely on Morse for online access to the same patient information.

This means that patients requiring treatment from multiple disciplinary teams no longer need to repeat themselves when speaking to different specialists, which minimises patient frustration along with waiting times between appointments.

Garry Sherriff, MD at Cambric, said: “Our technology is designed by users for users to help healthcare professionals put the patient at the centre of everything.

“The transparency of the Morse EPR solution effortlessly supports all users, regardless of role, skills or experience and can easily be tailored to their individual needs.

“We give forward-thinking organisations like NHS Highland the flexibility they need to grow and manage a constantly changing healthcare landscape.”

The next step is rolling out Morse to other parts of the expanding NHS Highland organisation, applying lessons learnt from the NTC to continuously improve patient pathways.

The use of the Cambric’s Morse EPR in the new NTC Highland follows the announcement last month that NHS Fife has extended its use of the Morse EPR.