East Kent Hospitals implement clinical portal to simplify access to
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