Frimley Park to roll out clinical portal

Patient records solution is centrepiece of paperless system

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has selected Harris Corporation’s clinical portal as part of a bid to introduce paperless systems.

Built on the Carefx interoperability platform, the solution will give clinicians the most up-to-date electronic patient information at the touch of a button, doing away with the need to spend time searching for paper notes and navigating numerous systems.

“The Harris clinical portal will help us to increase efficiency while also maintaining top-quality service for our patients,” said Mike McSweeney, associate director of informatics at the trust. “With our clinicians able to spend more time on their core competencies, we can reduce costs through protecting investment in existing systems while establishing a paperless system.”

The initial phase of the deployment will integrate six core clinical systems, covering patient demographics, information from accident and emergency, outpatient waiting lists from the patient administration system, real-time admission discharge and transfer orders, and reporting from pathology and radiology, as well as images from the picture archiving and communications system.

Looking to the future, the ability for healthcare professionals at the coal face to filter and sort patients and link with GP systems through a clinical portal is critical in transforming end-to-end patient care

Secured by single sign-on technology, the trust will implement the portal in two specialties before rolling it out to more than 500 users across the hospital and at its four satellite sites.

Dr Mark Lloyd, a Royal College of Physicians tutor at the trust and one of five clinical leads for the portal project, said: “Looking to the future, the ability for healthcare professionals at the coal face to filter and sort patients and link with GP systems through a clinical portal is critical in transforming end-to-end patient care.”

The deployment is part of the trust’s ‘connect all, not replace all’ policy of joining up systems with the electronic patient record at the heart.

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