First phase of digitising patient records completed at Southern trusts

SystmOne will enable patients and clinicians to exchange electronic patient records

Accenture and The Phoenix Partnership (TPP) have delivered the first phase of a new electronic patient record (EPR) system across nine organisations in the Southern Community and Child Health Procurement consortium, supporting community hospitals, children’s health, mental health and minor injuries units.

“Electronic health records for community and child health services in the south will help to improve safety, speed up care and help make sure the NHS gives the best services to patients,” said Health Minister, Dan Poulter.

“We want the NHS to continue to make progress and develop local solutions so that more health service organisations within the system can benefit from taking patient information from notepad to secure, comprehensive electronic records.”

We want the NHS to continue to make progress and develop local solutions so that more health service organisations within the system can benefit from taking patient information from notepad to secure, comprehensive electronic records

The first phase of the Accenture-TPP effort included the clinical implementation of the electronic patient record system, SystmOne, for clinicians to access and exchange health information across the various care settings in the NHS. Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust was the first to fully launch the platform, which is initially being used by more than 500 clinicians. The trust will continue to work with Accenture over the next few months to roll out the system to its broader community teams.

“We are excited to be the first to launch this technology, and our staff is enthusiastic about its implementation,” said Val Graves, director of community health services at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.

“The introduction of a patient administration system is a huge leap forward for both patients and staff. It will enable greater co-ordination of care, reduce the burden of paperwork and streamline our clinical and administration processes.”

Accenture and TPP will continue working with the trusts to deploy the SystmOne platform beyond the 300 health service organisations that are actively using it in South England. Accenture and TPP will also deliver deployment support, application integration, data migration, hosting and ongoing technical support.

Patients will benefit from safer care, greater care coordination and connected health, and they will be able to engage more effectively in tracking their own health

“This digital health system will help support community and child health service providers across southern England,” said Aimie Chapple, managing director of Accenture’s health business in the UK.

“We are providing better access to patient data and enabling the sharing of clinical information, combined with a new mobile capability. As a result, patients will benefit from safer care, greater care coordination and connected health, and they will be able to engage more effectively in tracking their own health."

As part of the effort, Accenture and TPP will deploy a patient record system across the nine NHS systems that are part of the Southern Community and Child Health Procurement consortium, which extends from Kent in the East to Cornwall in the West, including Sirona Care & Health, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Plymouth, Community Healthcare, Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Peninsula Community Health, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, East Sussex Healthcare Trust, Sussex Community Trust and Swindon-based SEQOL social enterprise.

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