Lancashire Teaching Hospitals digitises
11 October 2013
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has deployed
the Kainos Evolve EMR system to digitise patient records across
seven medical specialties.
The system automates the creation, capture and handling of the
full medical casenote including, historical casenote, clinical
results, operational documentation, and electronic forms. Its
end-to-end functionality, which includes eDischarge capabilities,
ensures reliable information flow between hospitals and community
services such as GP practices.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals opted for a ‘scan on demand’
approach to digitising patient records, creating its own in-house
scanning bureau. In advance of outpatient appointments, or directly
following new admissions, paper notes are scanned into the Evolve
system so that all of the latest information is available on PCs or
laptops to consultants in clinics, in surgery, on wards and in the
community. In time, mobile users may move to tablets.
Janet Young, Business Improvement and Performance Manager at the
Trust, and the business lead for the case-note digitisation
programme, explains Lancashire’s ambitions, “Initially we were
looking for a straightforward scanning and digitisation solution so
we could move away from paper patient records, but as we refined our
needs we realised we needed more intelligent casenotes, to give
consultants the latest clinical information at their fingertips and
avoid the risk of patients’ visits being cancelled due to missing
casenotes and offering our clinical teams an intelligent patient
The Trust plans to add eForms and workflow capabilities to
prevent the creation of new paper. Workflows will include system
flags to support clinical decision making, ensuring that actions can
be taken promptly. The system is also being further integrated with
the Trust’s EPR QuadraMed.