Wirral Aims for Digital Two Years Early

31 July 2014

The Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is using funding from the first round of NHS England's technology fund to move towards a "fully digital environment" by 2016.

The trust received £3.5m from the 'Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards: Technology Fund' and will use the money to develop a patient portal, roll-out mobile devices and share data with GPs.

Wirral will also replace further modules of its legacy system with a new electronic patient record. It began deploying Cerner Millennium in 2010, when it went live in A&E, and has switched-on five major implementation phases since.

Mark Blakeman, Wirral's director of informatics, said the funding means the trust can continue its "vision of replacing our current healthcare IT system with a sophisticated integrated digital care record.

"This will not only provide great benefit to patient care, it will result in even greater efficiencies for our clinical staff who work on the front line."

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