Kingston Hospital takes big step towards creating paperless patient record environment

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust becomes just the fourth organisation in England to reach Stage 6 of the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Analytics Adoption Model.

The eight-stage system created by the healthcare technology organisation HIMSS, tracks healthcare organisations’ progress towards achieving a paperless patient record environment. Hospitals are scored based on their level of Electronic Medical Records adoption.

By achieving Stage 6, Kingston Hospital has demonstrated a commitment to improve patient safety and the quality of clinical care through digital technology. The Trust has shown a level of digital maturity achieved by only three other organisations: Addenbrooke's Hospital, St Georges and Croydon University Hospital.

This digital transformation has been supported by the Trust’s partnership with the Cerner Corporation, a global leader in healthcare information technology services, which provides the Electronic Patient Record system at Kingston Hospital.  

Kevin Fitzgerald, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chief Information Officer, said: “Our EPR initiative has enabled us to engage with all our clinical staff to improve patient safety and provide care in a more timely and effective way. I am tremendously proud of all the teams involved and the contributions they have made.”

Jane Wilson, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Medical Director, said: “The EPR programme has allowed us to support safe and effective care. The vital signs integration project improves responsiveness to patients’ needs, but has also freed nursing time to provide more direct care.”

Kingston Hospital will receive their award at UK e-Health Week 2018 on 15-16 May 2018 at Olympia London, an event organised by HIMSS UK and supported by NHS England and NHS Digital that is expected to attract around 3,000 UK health IT and clinical leaders.

Geoff Segal, General Manager, Cerner UK added: “Cerner is very proud to have been able to support Kingston on their digital journey and we congratulate all Kingston staff on this recognition. HIMSS Level 6 is a tremendous achievement and Kingston has demonstrated the vision, governance and commitment to deliver the business change and EHR adoption required for better, safer, joined-up care.

Enriching the electronic health records with clinical documentation, medications management and prescribing, and clinical decision support with alerts for patients at risk ultimately benefits both clinical staff and patients.”



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