17th March 2014
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully gone live with the CareCentric shared care record software from Graphnet Health, the whole system replacement for the Graphnet software it first deployed in the year 2000.
Around 5,000 users across Dorset - at the acute Trust, in clinical networks, GP practices, social services, community teams and community hospitals – are now live on the new software.
The deployment was a substantial undertaking. On average the electronic patient record system is accessed over 9,000 times each day, with peak daily access volumes of around 14,000. On the deployment weekend, some 47m documents were migrated across, with total system down-time of just over half an hour.
Dr Rupert Page, consultant neurologist and clinical IT lead at Poole Hospital, explained that the hospital had decided to move across to CareCentric in order to pave the way for forthcoming developments designed to support continuous improvement in the quality of patient care.
“The upgrade was carried out smoothly and ahead of plan thanks to the detailed planning and phenomenally hard work of both the hospital’s IT department and Graphnet staff”, Dr Page said. “We expect CareCentric to remain at the heart of future developments as we focus on finding new and more effective ways to deliver safe, high quality clinical care to our patients.”
Data fed in automatically to the Poole EPR includes PAS activity and outcomes, pathology results, radiology reports, GP referral letters, A&E discharge information, neurophysiology results, medical photography, cardio-respiratory results and digital dictation.
In addition, Poole has built a large number of specialist clinical solutions around the EPR using Graphnet’s form building capability. There are now 65 specialist data collection form sets in use, contributing to an extremely rich clinical record.
The new CareCentric software offers the Trust improved integration with existing systems in use across the health economy. The system is already accessed by the SW Ambulance Service Trust, for example, to allow the co-ordination of community care when patients are discharged from Poole Hospital. Social services are similarly alerted when appropriate.
With the new levels of integration, clinicians at the 620-bed Poole Hospital now have access to patient content stored in the Ascribe system at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and vice versa.
Other new features include customised care summaries to suit every care setting, and the ability to use workflow and data collection forms to create applications in support of clinical processes.
CareCentric also gives Poole the platform for deploying mobile access to the shared care record, and for embedding it in host systems, such as GP clinical systems.
Users of the Poole EPR include:
Andy Bratt, managing director of Graphnet, said the company was delighted that the deployment had gone so smoothly.
“The Poole EPR is a fantastic example of how shared care records can be used across a large health community. The Trust has developed an extremely rich record which is tailored specifically to support its care pathways and working practices.”
By providing more complete information, and reducing the time spent casting around for information, the EPR at Poole delivers important benefits both in terms of the quality of care provided and the efficiency of Trust services.
See notes to editors, below, for a resume of key benefits.
Notes to editors:
1. Graphnet Health Ltd is the UK’s leading provider of IT solutions for the delivery of shared care services across whole health economies. Its CareCentric software is a health integration engine which combines data from GP practices, mental health trusts, social services departments and hospitals into a secure electronic health record. CareCentric connects to most major health and social care IT systems in use in the UK, is used by over 30,000 care professionals and holds data on more than 17m patients.
Graphnet is a Shearwater Healthcare Investments partner company. (www.shearwaterhealthcare.com).
2. Benefits at Poole NHS Foundation Trust:
Quality of care