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Electronic patient record has transformed patient care in the outpatients setting

More than 80 per cent of outpatient clinics at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) do not need paper case notes, thanks to the introduction of the Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record (EPR).

 

In March 2019 this meant that 26,000 case notes did not have to be transported to clinics across the Trust’s sites.

The outpatient paper-lite project was introduced in April 2013 and has seen benefits in the following areas.

  • Multiple members of staff can access up-to-date patient information instantly, at the same time and from anywhere in any of the hospitals
  • Staff can access a patient’s history meaning they don’t have to give the same information twice
  • It can flag up safeguarding needs for patients who are frequent fallers or have had infections
  • Staff can easily access treatment policies
  • It reduces delays in finding paperwork, improves legibility and limits paper notes lost.

Dr Adrian Brodison, Consultant Cardiologist, UHMBT, said: “Having all of the patient’s clinical information easily available on the computer in a digital format has revolutionised the way UHMBT delivers all clinical care especially in outpatient departments.

“Before the use of the digital record across the board we could not reliably be certain that all the clinical details were present, especially when the patient may be seeing several teams and having admissions concurrently.

“The use of paper notes in years past was very slow especially when the patient had a large volume of notes. For cardiology, in particular, having all our cardiac tests, particularly ECGs, available in a digital format with a non-deteriorating picture resolution has allowed us to make decisions benefiting patient care at the first appointment rather than searching for pieces of paper which often are not immediately available and take an inordinate amount of time to find.”

 

Sue Smith, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said: “In Morecambe Bay our population is very dispersed and using technology can help us deliver services more effectively, closer to patients and meet patient’s aspirations.

“By introducing the EPR in outpatients, the Trust has not only seen a reduction in paper notes and our carbon footprint but has offered the Trust the opportunity to ensure that critical patient information is presented to the clinician at the right time and the right place.”

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Prestigious technology company visits the Trust

Two prestigious visitors from an international benchmarking company visited the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) on Wednesday 1 May to help improve the user experience of staff on the electronic patient record. KLAS is a worldwide electronic patient record (EPR) benchmarking

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Patient care transforming thanks to innovative technology

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Over the past 18 months, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) has seen a range of improvements thanks to its increasingly developed Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system. The EPR is now a golden thread through the

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Pilot scheme at Furness General Hospital set to bring the ‘paper-less’ hospital one step closer

A pilot scheme is taking place this month in the oncology outpatient department at Furness General Hospital. The scheme will see a paper based system replaced with a new more efficient, labour saving ‘electronic requesting and resulting functionality’ as part

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2 responses to “Pilot scheme at Furness General Hospital set to bring the ‘paper-less’ hospital one step closer”

  1. Very pleased to hear this news, hope it will be extended to cover WGH & RLI. As I’m a regular in patient in LRI and see 4 Consultants at out-patients both at LRI & WGH.

  2. Christine Martin says:

    It’s good to see the hard work behind the scenes come to fruition.

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UHMBT backs “Every nurse an e-nurse” campaign

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHMBT) is supporting The Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) “Every nurse an e-nurse” campaign in conjunction with NHS Digital’s e-nursing week. The Trust will showcase some of the fantastic work which is

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Trust showcases new electronic patient record to staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust visited Morecambe Bay recently to see a new time saving Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system in action. The team led by Lisa Needham, Technology Innovation Director, were able to see the system

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  1. Denis Haigh says:

    With reference to EPR,very pleased to hear that UHMB is moving forward to achieving a comprehensive EPR system that complements the service being carried out by all the medical staff. Such systems have been adopted in the middle east to great success and not just the patient records, but other internal services in the hospitals to attain a comprehensive Hospital Management Information System that ensure that the hospital runs efficiently and that all aspects of running a hospital are captured for the financial aspect. This ensures that costs are scrutinised on a regular basis and that corrective measures are taken in ensuring budgets are maintained. EPR have been shared with other countries for overseas diagnostic procedures to take place.As such maybe the UK NHS could take advice from other countries that have many years experience in HIMS, running private hospitals is no different than running the NHS, in fact within the private sector it is tantamount that a comprehensive system is installed for the care of patients as well as the stake holders.I have worked in hospitals in the middle east for over 30 yrs, whereby such EPR have been in the forfront for the patients history as well as the efficient running a hospital.

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Mobile devices help nurses deliver healthcare at the point of care

During the past 12 months, the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Clinical Content team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) have developed and rolled out the Digital Nursing Record across the three main hospital sites. As a

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  1. Absolutely pent articles, thanks for selective information. “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” by Michel de Montaigne.

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Upgrades to integrate electronic electrocardiograph results within the EPR due to roll out across the Trust

Over the past six months, the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Optimisation team at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB) have been working on a pilot that delivers electronic versions of electrocardiograph images (ECG’s or Heart Trace Images) and makes them

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Trust welcomes chief nurse Anne Cooper

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Anne Cooper, The Chief Nurse from NHS Digital, was a recent visitor to Morecambe Bay to see some of the work being delivered as part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHMBT) Electronic Patient Record (EPR) Optimisation

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Trust attends annual global nursing management and innovation forum in Berlin

Two members of staff from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) took their learning about digital nursing records global recently, by attending the Annual Global Nursing Management and Innovation Forum in Berlin, Germany. Tracy Carling and Melanie

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