One of the largest acute Trusts in England contracts Kainos Evolve to improve patient safety and make efficiency gains
Belfast, UK, 7 July 2014 – The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has selected the Evolve EMR (electronic medical records) platform from digital technology solutions company Kainos together with data capture services from EDM Group.
The decision makes Pennine – one of the largest acute hospital trusts in England – the latest of 21 UK trusts to be helped by Kainos on their journey to become paperless by 2018.
The aim is to transform the way the Trust provides patient information to clinicians – making patient records available to them whenever they are needed, wherever they are based, plus supply them with the same fully consistent and up-to-date version of patient information in order to boost patient safety.
EDM Group will scan over 100 million images in the first year – a process to be followed by a sustained programme of scanning over subsequent years to ensure as much paper is removed as possible. In total around 450 million images are expected to be captured over eight years.
Improved access to clinical data will also help streamline internal processes, as well as ultimately deliver significant cost savings, the Trust anticipates.
Christine Walters, Director of IM&T at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said, “A vast amount of time, work and energy is spent just moving case notes around. We went out to find a solution to help us remove paper case notes completely.”
The Trust also plans to leverage its investment in the Evolve eForms and Workflow to consolidate the use of electronic forms at the point of care – removing paper at source as quickly as possible to maximise benefits.
Kainos’ partner EDM Group was chosen because of its experience and proven ability to deliver challenging large-scale medical record capture projects.
Nigel Hutchinson, Head of Evolve at Kainos, commented, “We are extremely pleased that yet another major Trust has entrusted its medical records digitisation ambitions to Evolve.
This is one of the largest electronic medical record projects in the UK and one that demonstrates the tangible benefits of what can be achieved quickly and at large scale.”
Evolve is a registered trademark of Kainos. All other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.
Kainos provides a comprehensive suite of digital services to healthcare providers such as hospitals and community care organisations. Our flagship Evolve Electronic Medical Records (EMR) product automates the creation, capture and handling of medical case notes and operational documents and records. Evolve is used in more than 70 hospitals in the UK, helping the NHS on its journey to becoming a paperless environment by 2018. More at www.kainos.com/evolve.
About The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust serves the communities of North Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham, along with the surrounding towns and villages. This area is collectively known as the North-East sector of Greater Manchester and has a population of around 820,000. It is a large Trust with a total operating budget of over half a billion pounds. Its main commissioners are NHS Bury, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, NHS Oldham and NHS Manchester. More at www.pat.nhs.uk
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