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 way the Trust’s hospitals are run and is being used by staff as soon as a patient enters the hospital via the Emergency Department or Outpatient clinic until they are discharged home.

The EPR has revolutionised the way staff work and now means that they can access up-to-date patient information instantly, from anywhere in any of the Trust’s three main hospitals, wherever the patient is.

 

A paperlite hospital

By reducing the amount of forms and paper needed, the EPR has saved the Trust a staggering £196,000, circa October 2018.

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As a Trust we have seen some staggering benefits of going paperlite including, 4,000 different drugs being prescribed electronically across the Trust reducing the old paper processes and around 14,000 drugs being prescribed electronically per day across all of the Trust’s 59 different inpatient areas.

Midwives working in the community can now access the latest information relating to a woman’s care remotely through laptops. Midwives are saving travel time as they no longer have to come back to base to enter hand written notes into the  electronic system. They can also access women's test results and request appointments with their GP during a visit. 

 

Improving quality

The quality of patient care is at the forefront of what we do at UHMBT and the EPR has certainly helped to improve this.

Training has been provided for all of our staff using the EPR and our locum doctors to ensure they can use the system confidently and to the highest standard.

Our catering teams and staff on the wards have been heavily involved in the design of an electronic inpatient meal ordering system with a gigantic 22,630 meals being ordered circa October 2018.  Staff can now order inpatient meals using tablet computers on the same day rather than having to fill in a paper form and taking it to catering staff a day in advance. It saves time for staff and also means that meals can follow the patient if they are transferred to another ward or cancelled if they are discharged home - reducing waste.

And thanks to a series of dashboards, theatre staff across all three main hospitals can view the progress of a theatre session, manage patient lists, allocate teams for specific procedures and identify potential delays in schedules.  This gives staff a single platform to carry out theatre check-in, manage anaesthesia and operation details, patient information in recovery and handover to the wards - improving patient safety.

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Updated October 2018

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