Birmingham Community Healthcare Uses ‘Test Bed’ Approach with New EPR


The Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has uploaded an electronic patient record to one of its departments as part of a ‘trial bed’ launch.

Department 5 at Moseley Hall Hospital is the first inpatient facility to test the new electronic patient information registration and access system within the trust. Thanks to the launch of the electronic patient record (DEP), service 5 will achieve the trust’s ambition for “light paper” services.

Its medication administration will now be the only paper-based record keeping system. However, that is expected to change next year, as 2022 will see the launch of the electronic and drug prescribing and administration system within the trust.

Clinical staff based in Ward 5 will work in partnership with Digital Technology Services and the Trust’s Information Governance team to help refine the EPR ahead of a launch in all Birmingham Community hospital areas Healthcare.

Ben Richards, Director of the Adult and Specialist Rehabilitation Division, said: “We are delighted to have finally launched the electronic patient record in room 5. The arrival at this point was the result of a very good engagement of all nurses, doctors and therapists. and other members of the inpatient teams who have worked very hard in conjunction with the technical and governance colleagues.

“This is a big step towards achieving our mission of ensuring that the right information is readily available by the right clinician at the right time at the point of care at all times. “

The PRT is provided by RiO and is a key part of the long planned introduction of shared care records for Birmingham and Solihull. Development plans are also underway for the EPR system. In the future, it is hoped that it will be accessible in community settings, as well as by patients and their designated relatives through a patient portal.

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