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UK Healthcare Professionals Share Industry Knowledge at Cerner Health Conference

13 October 2010

 Cerner UK Media Contact: Simon Hill (+44) 7831 659 436, Simon.Hill@cerner.com

UK Healthcare Professionals Share Industry Knowledge
at Cerner Health Conference

NHS trusts lead a series of presentations focused toward using healthcare technologies to deliver quality patient care


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 13 October 2010 — More than 6,000 healthcare professionals across the globe met at the Kansas City Convention Centre from October 10-13 for the 25th annual Cerner Health Conference (CHC). UK teams attended to share knowledge and best practise using Cerner healthcare technology solutions. The conference focused on the industry’s most debated issues to drive and improve quality care for patients. The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and Bart’s & The London NHS Trust both presented at this year’s conference. The UK presentations focused on effective clinical engagement, organisational learning, end user adoption and government and policy.

Charles Gutteridge, chief medical information officer and practicing haematologist at Bart’s and the London NHS Trust spoke at the conference on Monday afternoon. Gutteridge demonstrated how healthcare organisations can use clinical and administrative goals to progress towards improving care quality for patients and families. For Bart’s these organisational goals included; fit with the National Programme for IT, enhancing clinical safety and the patient experience, regulation and standardisation, meeting quality objectives, efficiency and value for money, partnership and customer relationships.

Despite differences in governmental, financial and healthcare systems and processes across the globe, Gutteridge stated that healthcare organisations each face the same day to day challenges. “It is clear that the UK can offer valuable contributions to the wider discourse of healthcare technology across the globe. Interest has been in our Choose and Book, electronic scheduling system and our connectivity to our National Database, the Spine. Although the language of each country is different, the concepts are the same. Healthcare organisations are required to produce accurate and meaningful data whether under the guise of ‘meaningful use’ in the US, National UK Targets or other national directive”

A team from Barts and the London NHS Trust attended last year’s Cerner Healthcare Conference. Gutteridge said the Conference provided inspiration and energised his team members; “The environment of the conference enabled us to learn and share experiences and best practices with other healthcare organisations around the globe. It was a great learning curve for our organisation. We came back to London thinking ‘we can do this!”.

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Notes to Editor
The UK presentations scheduled for this year’s Cerner Health Conference are as follows:
• Monday 3:30 PM ‘Implementing High Impact Changes to Improve Clinical Care and Secure Clinical Engagement in a UK Hospital Setting’ Charles Gutteridge, Barts and The London NHS Trust
• Monday 2:15 PM, ‘Using BMJ ActionSet and PowerPlan to Treat Upper GI Bleed in a Large UK Acute Hospital’, Nicola Hope, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
• Tuesday 4:45 PM ‘ED MPage Operational Dashboard for Large UK Acute Hospital’ presented by Heather O'Brien, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
• Wednesday 9:45 AM, ‘Adopting national solutions for IT at a local level: experience at Barts and the London NHS Trust’ Phil Jones, Barts and The London NHS Trust
For more information on the Cerner Health Conference please visit the CHC website

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