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by Cerner UK
Published on 22 May 2015

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and Cerner have been working together to implement Cerner Millennium Maternity functionality in a RECORD TIME! It took only three months from the start of the project to its "go-live"! This is a first in the UK!

The success of this implementation was mainly due to the very strong collaboration between Cerner and the Trust’s team. By working closely together they were able to speed-up the decision making process and make sure that all the clinical staff were happy with the system.

Thanks to this project, the Trust created one of the safest and most efficient antenatal communities in the NHS!

Dr Bernie Marsden, Consultant Paediatrician and Director of the Women’s and Children’s Division at the Trust, said that the system is helping staff dedicate more time to mothers and new-borns and improve care. The deployment took place across the Trust, its five community sites and numerous GP Surgeries and covered an area the size of Greater London.

The Electronic Patient Record (EPR) integrates multiple functionalities for maternity departments to efficiently monitor births. It allows clinicians to observe and assess cases in real-time. It also helps identify emergencies and the need to transfer the patient from the birth centre to the hospital. The functionalities allow the midwife to take key data from mother’s record to baby’s record in a few clicks, and help reduce transcription errors and manual duplications.

The technology supports efforts to improve the quality of care by enabling the Trust to better treat patients

The deployment of Maternity is delivering significant efficiency savings. Transferring the antenatal care multi-stream documentation from paper to one unique digital stream has triggered financial savings and improved compliance with processes. By diminishing data entry error and misinterpretation, the Trust has streamlined and integrated maternity care and has simplified the data entry process and released efficiencies which can be reinvested into patient care.

There was a huge amount of work that needed to be undertaken in a short period, and the feeling about what was achieved so far is particularly positive. The Trust has very strong governance and the maternity team was actively involved. Everybody has been proactive in resolving and listening to their end users. The deployment was fast and the support given to the midwives to move to a paper light environment was remarkable.

This deployment is part of the ongoing relationship between Cerner and the Royal United Hospitals Bath, NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust and Cerner have developed a strong cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership.

This blog post was written jointly with Lorraine Edward, Consultant and Midwife at Cerner, Rachel Linegar, EPR Programme Manager at RUHB and Christopher Ruddick, Deputy EPR Manager at RUHB.