December 10, 2022

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Digital Health’s monthly roundup of contracts and go lives


Our first contracts and go lives roundup of 2022 features news from Better, who were awarded a £3.1million contract, and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Cheshire and Wirral go live with electronic patient record from TPP

Just before Christmas, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) went live with an electronic patient record (EPR) from TPP – becoming the first trust in North West England to deploy it.

CWP signed a five-year contract with TPP to implement SystmOne in their mental health and learning disability services last year. The mental health EPR will give the trust the tools to provide efficient, safe and user-centred mental health care.

The new EPR will bring several benefits in the long term, including integration with local, regional, and national systems used by partner care providers, NHS Spine connectivity and additional functionality which they plan to implement, including electronic prescribing and medicines administration, mobile working and a patient portal.

Better secure £3.1million to provide London shared care solution

The busy festive period also saw Better being awarded a contract valued at £3.1million to provide a shared care solution for London.

The contract has been awarded for three years initially by the five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in London, with an option for two 12-month extensions. Building on the success of Coordinate My Care (CMC), the contract will see all clinically approved CMC plans migrated to the Better digital solution.

South West London CCG will work with Better as well as The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, which is the host of the current CMC service to ensure a smooth transition for patients and clinicians over the next few months.

Medway goes live with new EPR within five months

As 2021 drew to a close and we welcomed in 2022, Medway NHS Foundation Trust announced that they had gone live with a new electronic patient record (EPR), with the entire project taking less than five months to deploy.

Phase one of Medway’s EPR programme with Allscripts saw it go live across all 24 adult in-patient wards. Within just three weeks, 115,000 documents were created in the system with the trust estimating that around 30 minutes per patient is being saved due to the use of electronic notes.

The Allscripts Sunrise system is being used by more than 1,000 clinical, nursing and administrative Medway staff, who worked collaboratively with operational and IT teams to ensure the trust was able to go live within five months.

Central and North West London deploys TPP’s Brigid app

The first month of 2022 has also seen Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust go live with TPP’s new clinician app.

Brigid is the mobile counterpart to SystmOne and has been rolled out to a handful of mental health wards within the trust. Clinical staff have already seen considerable benefits, including reducing ward round times to an average of 45 minutes, saving approximately six hours of clinical time every day.

The app removes many paper-based processes which can be time-consuming and liable to human error. It also delivers complete patient record access, a variety of tools to support staff and their patients, observations functionality, customisable patient lists and more.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital rolls out digital consent and more

Finally, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) has rolled out new features via Open Medical’s Pathpoint platform which includes digitising referral management, consent and patient-reported outcome measures.

RNOH initially implemented Open Medical’s Pathpoint at the start of the Covid pandemic and recently went live with its Streamlining Processes to Achieve Clinical Excellence through Digitisation (SPACED) project.

The project will focus on streamlining referral management; digital consent, and patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) initially and will cover 15 sub-specialities and 50 different pathways.





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