Surrey NHS trust deploys patient data portal

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey has deployed a new patient data portal to support its paperless office and mobile care strategies.

The trust is using the Harris Corporation’s clinical portal technology built on the Carefx interoperability platform. The portal will equip clinicians with up-to-date electronic patient information.

The system will enable the trust to streamline access to core clinical applications and provide clinicians with a single contextual view of patient information, without the inconvenience of spending time searching for paper notes and navigating numerous systems.

Mike McSweeney, associate director of informatics at Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “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 throughout the hospital.”

The initial phase of the deployment will integrate six core clinical systems, including 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.

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Using single sign-on, clinicians will be able to access a unified view of patient-centric information in a secure, browser-based environment.

Frimley Park will first implement the portal in two specialist areas before rolling it out to more than 500 users across the hospital and its four satellite sites.

Dr Mark Lloyd, Royal College of Physicians tutor at the trust, 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.”

As part of the trust’s three-year strategy the organisation intends to continue to deploy best-of-breed systems to “connect all” rather than “replace all” to provide a trust-wide, fully integrated electronic patient record.

Despite Harris making a play for the remote data access market in health it was recently forced to pull out of its off-premise remote hosting business.