In June 2010, we became the first acute Trust in England to go live with Lorenzo Release 1.9 – an electronic patient record system. 3,500 staff across our five hospitals are now using the system.
Soon we will also become the first acute Trust in England to use Lorenzo in an Emergency Department setting as our two Emergency Departments at Furness General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary start using the system.
Lorenzo will change the way we keep patient records from being largely paper-based to an electronic health record - a major step forward for patient safety.
Becoming the first acute Trust in England to implement Lorenzo is not only fantastic news for the Trust and our staff, but also for our patients.
Our Lorenzo Project Team has worked side by side with our doctors and nurses and national experts from NHS Connecting for Health, the North West Strategic Health Authority and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), to deliver the patient record system for Morecambe Bay. The team has rigorously tested and refined the system in-house to ensure that it works by putting the patient first. It has been designed to focus on you and your healthcare needs, rather than the NHS organisation you are being treated by.
Lorenzo gives our staff access to constantly updated information wherever and whenever it is needed, regardless of which of our hospitals you are in. In time, we will add more and more features to the system, meaning we will no longer have to search for notes as we will have all your details at hand, including any relevant medical history and test results. This will ensure we have a safer service, carry out fewer duplicate investigations and reduce the number of avoidable admissions to hospital.
This is an exciting time for the Trust. Soon, we will also be launching electronic prescribing across the Trust that will make the prescribing of drugs faster and safer.
We are at the cutting edge of this new technology and are looking forward to developing Lorenzo.