St Georges is the first Trust in the UK to be validated HIMSS level 6 by an onsite visit!

01 July 2015

St George’s has been recognised and accredited for its hard work in implementing clinical informatics systems within the inpatient areas of the hospital.  We are the first major teaching hospital in the UK to be accredited to HIMSS Stage 6 (stage 7 is the highest achievable) and the first UK trust to be validated through an onsite visit.  The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is an international organisation dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access, through the best use of IT.

HIMSS has developed a European Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) which measures progress and the cumulative capabilities of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems within hospitals. Hospitals that reach Stage 6 have established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and recognising the importance of healthcare IT.

The HIMSS committee visited St George’s on Thursday 11 June to assess our electronic systems being used by doctors, nurses, radiologists and pharmacists.   As part of their day long visit, they spent time in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, radiology, pharmacy and our Electronic Document Management Bureaux.
John Jo Campbell, Chief Information Officer said: “This accreditation reflects an extended period of hard work by all the teams in St George’s and whilst we still have a long way to go we should all feel proud of what we have achieved to date.” 
St Georges NHS Foundation Trust has implemented a centralised Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system using Cerner Millennium®, delivering electronic ordering and resulting for pathology and radiology, medical documentation, nursing assessments, clinical decision support to guide clinical staff in decision making and is the first trust in the country to deliver closed loop medication administration, including electronic prescribing and positive patient and medication identification using barcode technology. In tandem with an electronic documentation management system delivered by 6PM to digitise all the remaining paper, the trust is now paper-light and on its way to achieve a paperless organisation by 2018.

Martin Gray, Chief Clinical Information Officer said: “As CCIO, I am extremely proud of our achievements as a trust at being recognised as being in an elite group of digitally mature healthcare systems in the UK. For the staff of the hospital it is extremely rewarding to be recognised for all their efforts and the challenges they have had to go through in the transition from being a paper based organisation to one that is working towards being electronic & automated.
“Staff are releasing time to spend with patients with automated workflows and biomedical device integration and patients are safer and spending less time waiting for transitions in care”
John Rayner, Director of Professional Development, HIMSS UK, added: “St George’s joins an elite group of hospitals across Europe in receiving an EMRAM Stage 6 award. The scale of the organisation’s ambition over the next two years to meet its ongoing commitment to reduce paper within the trust and provide better, safer, more efficient care for its patients is truly commendable and we wish them every success in their next steps.”

The award was presented to representatives from the Trust at the HIMSS-UK Executive Leadership Summit held in London on the 30th June by HIMSS CEO and President Steve Lieber.


About St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of specialist, local hospital and community healthcare services to patients in south west London, Surrey and beyond. We serve a population of five million in total and, at our main site (St George’s Hospital), we provide some national and many regional specialist services. This is also where we have a major trauma centre (with helipad), a hyper acute stroke unit and a heart attack centre.
In addition, we provide a range of community services at other settings, including Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, St John’s Therapy Centre in Battersea, from nearly 20 clinics and also in people’s homes.

The trust currently has around 20,000 members who will be consulted on a regular basis through the Council of Governors. The Council of Governors has been operating in shadow form. It will now be responsible for holding the trust leadership to account as well as ensuring the public and staff are involved and engaged.