Cerner Corporation and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) have signed an agreement to implement an electronic health records (EHR) platform across the Trust.
The EHR, supported by Cerner Millennium®, will replace paper-based records and other electronic processes, enabling access to a single, reliable, and integrated source of clinical information. Once implemented, the platform will provide clinicians with instant and secure access to a patient’s history and treatments, and as result, will help them make better and informed decisions based on specific patient needs.
Through the EHR, relevant patient information will be available electronically across Trust facilities, transforming the way patients are admitted, cared for, and discharged.
On the record
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive at ELHT said:
“I am very proud of the progress made by ELHT over the past few years. This contract marks the start of our transformational journey, which has at its heart, patient care, quality of service, financial prudence, and social and community inclusion. It is clear that a robust and integrated EHR is vital in ensuring we meet the challenges we have set ourselves and will support us to continue to provide safe, personal, and effective care.”
Mark Johnson, Chief Information Officer at the Trust said
“This is a big moment for us. It represents almost five years of hard work carried out by a combined team of dedicated people from performance, informatics, and finance.
“The next steps will no doubt take us into an exhilarating episode of the future history of ELHT. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and support both now and going forward as we embark upon this new, exciting challenge. This innovation will signal a massive transformation in the way we manage, monitor, and deliver services and care to our patients and the people of East Lancashire.”
A statement released by the Trust said:
“We are looking forward to working closely with our Integrated Care System colleagues and partners, not only to ensure the success of the implementation but also to provide a framework that will support the ultimate goal of having one patient information system across the region. Having a single patient information system across Lancashire and South Cumbria will mean that every person receiving health and social care in the region, does so in the knowledge that the information used to deliver that care, is up to date, accurate and from all appropriate sources.”
To welcome this announcement, Distie Profit, managing director for Cerner in the UK, said:
“We are delighted to welcome ELHT to our community of UK clients, and humbled to be chosen as their transformation partner to improve the way they deliver care to patients.
“The implementation of Millennium EHR will be pivotal in providing a better experience for both staff and patients across all facilities and improving the efficiency of their processes. Importantly, it will create greater opportunities for EHR data to be leveraged across the integrated care system and be used to inform the planning and design of services for the region.”