Technology will play a key role in helping us to modernise and transform the delivery of healthcare across Morecambe Bay.

Why technology is important for the NHS

The NHS Five Year Forward View emphasises the need for all NHS organisations to raise their game on health technology – to help radically improve patients’ experience of interacting with the NHS. We have an IT and Informatics Strategy built on improvement.

In 2016 the contracts for our existing Electronic Patient Record System (ePR) and theatre computer systems come to an end.

The Electronic Patient Record

The Trust’s Electronic Patient Record (ePR) Programme is very ambitious and is still ahead of most other hospital trusts. Over the next two years the programme will deliver: electronic prescribing and medication administration across all our wards and departments, electronic requesting of diagnostic tests, some medical device integration and a mobile working capability.

A paper-lite hospital

Paper-lite inpatient care means patient records will be largely paperless. We are aiming to start a paper-lite inpatient care project in 2016. As the NHS Five Year Forward View emphasises, patients will have full access to these records, and be able to write into them. They will retain the right to opt out of their record being shared electronically.

Integrated technology

Integrating technology with other local health care providers is important to our future plans. We want to make sure that electronic patient records are available, securely to all clinicians. No matter where they are seeing patients or making clinical decisions, to ensure the effective delivery of care. We will need to make an investment of around £6m to put the new integrated structure in place.

Improving quality

Improving data quality is key to making successful use of our technology and is the responsibility of everyone working in the Trust. We want to develop a culture of “getting it right first time”.

We will make more use of technology to find out how we compare with similar hospital trusts to help us make improvements in our care and predict how our services will need to change in future.

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As part of Better Care Together, Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) has created a short film introducing the new virtual out of hours GP appointments that can be offered by a state of the art video link between Millom Community Hospital and Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC) headquarters in Carlisle.


Updated January 2018

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