East Kent Hospitals implement clinical portal to simplify access to patient data

10 May 2013

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has selected the clinical integration platform from Harris Healthcare to provide a single view of patient information from several clinical systems that currently work in isolation. This will provide healthcare professionals with a real-time, intuitive and comprehensive view of critical patient data.

 The initial phase of the implementation will integrate data from six systems including the trust’s patient administration, pathology, document management, vital signs monitoring, and theatre systems and PACS.

Bob Reeves, head of IT at the Trust said: “We have chosen to pilot the use of a clinical portal solution across three clinical specialities with the intention that it provides the technology to enable staff to operate more efficient and paperless clinics in line with the trust’s IT strategy and the government’s challenge to create a paperless NHS by 2018.

“By using such technology and simplifying our processes, East Kent estimates that the solution can reduce the amount of time that busy A&E doctors spend searching for patient information by up to 20 minutes for more complex patients.”

In combination with Imprivata’s OneSign Single-Sign On the clinical portal will automatically log in, draw and present relevant patient information from each of the systems and provide it on a single screen. In addition, the system will also be setup to enable doctors to order standard diagnostic tests quickly and confirm receipt of results.

The clinical portal has great clinical buy-in as it works with the systems that front-line staff are already familiar with but also provides a much clearer and quicker way to access patient data to ensure healthcare professionals have the right information at the right time.


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