Chesterfield Royal chooses Civica to boost digital strategy

New five-year contract with Cito platform supports the trust’s paperless vision to enhance integrated care

Civica has won a five-year contract from Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to implement its cloud-enabled digital health platform, Cito.

The trust will use the Cito electronic document management system (EDMS) and clinical information management system to support its digital strategy – integrating more than 30 existing clinical systems into a single ‘Electronic Version of Truth’.

This digital integration will ultimately replace the need for paper case notes and clinicians will be able to access all the information needed to deliver improved patient care via electronic information provided by the software.

Established as an NHS foundation trust in 2005, Chesterfield Royal Hospital serves the wider North Derbyshire population of around 420,000 people. It employs over 3,900 people and provides a full range of acute services plus 24-hour accident and emergency care, community midwifery, and specialist children’s services along with two GP and primary care practices.

The hospital is a long-standing partner of Civica, using its EDMS, WinDIP since 2012 to progress the digitisation of paper records and support the trust’s Paperless 2020 agenda.

Cito enables a real-time single view of patients by unifying clinical data and helps users to access critical information any time, via any device.

As a major NHS trust, our vision is to be a first-class provider of sustainable healthcare services, delivering the best-possible care to our patients

Scalable and flexible to meet the trust’s current and future needs, the single sign-on interface enhances security across all facilities while removing any need for advanced training for clinical employees.

By enabling access to patient records and the transfer of essential information between the trust and its healthcare partners, clinicians can gather insights and information along the patient’s care pathway immediately. This will deliver real-time access to critical information at the point of care and improve outcomes for patients.

The Cito eReferral Service API will also be used to take electronic output of GP referral letters and supporting information directly – removing the need to print and scan the documents. Via its workflow capability, it will enable clinicians to scrutinise and triage incoming patient referrals quickly and effectively.

Ian Hazel, associate director of ICT and patient records at Chesterfield , said: “As a major NHS trust, our vision is to be a first-class provider of sustainable healthcare services, delivering the best-possible care to our patients.

“By upgrading to Civica’s Cito system, we are progressing on the digital transformation of our services, reducing errors with an accurate single-view of a patient’s care record, whilE speeding up services to enhance care.”

David Roots, executive director of health and care at Civica, added: “Cito will support the trust’s vision to deliver paperless services at the point of care, drive digital transformation, and ultimately enhance patient care.”

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