28th July 2015 – E-prescribing takes off at Airedale Hospital
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is rolling out the SystmOne e-prescribing (including medicines administration) and e-discharge across more wards at Airedale Hospital following a successful pilot. This is through the use of a single medication record for each patient which spans multiple care sectors including GPs and consultants.
The aim of the project is to firstly improve accuracy and reduce prescribing errors and secondly to improve patient safety and ensure greater efficiency for clinicians.
Since the trust went live with SystmOne e-prescribing and e-discharge earlier this year, there have been the following benefits:
- Sharing of the electronic patient record in real time – between primary and secondary care (subject to patient consent). This allows the appropriate clinicians to see what has been prescribed.
- Instant discharge notifications. 85 percent of patients admitted to Airedale Hospital have a discharge notification sent to their GP practice within seconds
- Easy access to drug charts – from any location within the hospital.
- Clear and easy to read prescriptions – removal of the risk of illegible handwriting and manual movement of paper charts.
- Reduction in the need to transcribe drug charts.
David Worth, programme manager for digital care at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our health community has been identified as one of the three national accelerator sites for the delivery of one of the first fully integrated digital health and social care records which we have achieved through working with our technical provider TPP.
“Our aim is to improve patient care and enable new ways of working that ultimately improve the experience of patients using services within Airedale Hospital and across the wider care community.”
The additional information provided by the combined drug history and content of discharge letters into the integrated record is enabling more timely and more informed care by GP practices in NHS Airedale, Craven and Wharfedale CCG (and surrounding localities) who use SystmOne. Other providers in the area also use SystmOne such as community nurses, care homes and palliative care. Through SystmOne, these care professionals are now easily able to view the medication prescribed during a patient’s admission.
NOTES TO EDITORS
TPP are a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through their innovative products, SystmOne, SystmOnline, SystmInsight and SystmConnect. Our philosophy is to join up healthcare across communities based on a single patient record ethos, improving access to clinical data and empowering patients to take part in their care. We are known for our outstanding achievements in the UK, providing electronic patient records on a centrally hosted database for over 37 million patients.
After 17 years of success in the UK, TPP is now looking to expand their offering to deliver connected care to new markets abroad.