Whether you refer to it as an electronic health record (EHR), electronic patient record (EPR) or electronic medical record (EMR), it all boils down to one thing – having a single source of truth for your patients’ information.
Our EHR is Cerner Millennium® and it is the basis for all our core clinical solutions. As well as keeping patient information updated in real time, it provides you with secure access to health records wherever and whenever you need them, putting an end to siloed data stored on paper or standalone computer systems.
Supporting your own clinical skills, you can be a part of the NHS transformation by utilising our solutions to help improve patient care. By offering speedier, safer and more efficient care, your organisation will benefit, your job will become easier, and patients will experience better health outcomes.
Removing paper in favour of connected and accessible digital information is a core component of modern, high-quality healthcare. Having been about 80% digital in 2016, Imperial have since embarked on a five-year journey to become fully paper free by 2021, in part through their Cerner Millennium electronic patient record (EPR). Linda Watts, the Trust’s GDE programme manager, took some time to share the process, benefits and challenges of going paper free at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Having immediate and remote access to a patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG) within a single integrated digital record allows clinicians to treat patients quicker, thereby improving outcomes. This helps to save time, improve flow and provide a positive patient experience.
Last month, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust - one of the UK’s leading acute care providers - celebrated the third anniversary of their electronic patient records (EPR) system, e-Care, powered by Cerner Millennium®. In this edition of our blog, Paul Morris – the Trust’s deputy chief nurse and head of patient safety – outlines how the system has helped staff save time, resources, and perhaps even patients’ lives.
Through the integration of speech recognition technology within their Cerner Millennium® EHR, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is saving £180K annually on transcription costs and have reduced their clinical letter turnaround by over two weeks, providing a better experience for both clinicians and patients.
“… The solutions that we currently have at Croydon tend to provide… seamless care so… all the patients’ records… can be accessed anywhere throughout the Trust. That decreases morbidity and it also improves patients’ outcomes, which means a better patient experience.”
— Makeba Nash, chief nursing information officer, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
The Patient Portal empowers individuals to be proactive in their health and care management with a solution that integrates with the EHR and their longitudinal record. Our Patient Portal allows people to communicate with their care team through secure messaging to book or change appointments, view clinical information, request refills, update information and send files.
Document as a by-product of care and follow the physician’s cognitive process through the use of: free text, voice recognition, code words and structured documentation – without having to leave the patient’s chart.
Dynamic worklist/registry worklist
Identify subsets of patients to gather relevant information and take action on those findings.
Advanced voice recognition
Easily integrate voice recognition into our EHR and enable real-time physician documentation using speech recognition that makes note capture three times faster than typing, helps improve accuracy at the point of entry, and significantly reduce transcription costs.
To ensure success in today’s healthcare environment, your solutions must tightly integrate into the clinical process. When clinical and operational data all work together, costs are minimised, quality outcomes are maximised, and organisations can ultimately better manage the health and care of their populations.
Electronic medical records (EMRs) and electronic patient records (EPRs) are largely the same thing – a paper-free record that is made within a department that is available to be shared within different sites of the same hospital, but not with other institutions. EMR is preferred in North America, while EPR is more common within the NHS.
By contrast, an electronic health record (EHR) covers different care settings and institutions, giving all members of a care team access to a single source of truth with the latest data for coordinated, individual-centred care. We prefer to use EHR, as we are dedicated to creating a seamless and connected world where everyone thrives.
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