How have you tackled your local digital road map and what is top of your agenda?
Our LDR has been pulled together from a collaboration of all organisations involved. We are building on long standing work and have used the LDR to provide clarity to our strategy and approach over the next 5 years. Our priorities are to empower both patients and our workforce through technology, ensuring a connected economy of electronic records / systems and really maximising the opportunities of innovation.
What IT projects are you working on at the moment and what problems are they solving?
We have key projects around EPRs in our hospitals and ensuring connectivity with primary, community and social care. This will build on our current information sharing projects (we’ve shared over 12 million records across different organisational boundaries) provide enormous benefits to patient care in the future. We are also scaling up our telehealth programme – we have the biggest telehealth deployment in Europe delivering a 22-32% reduction in emergency admissions of the patients on the technology and real patient experience benefits.
What challenges are you facing?
We have tackled a number of our challenges head on. These include a unique approach to Information Governance with a clinically led single sharing framework and agreement for all organisations in the LDR. We have a great partnership approach and collaboration with clinicians and managerial leads working together and co/designing the future. Finances are a challenge for the future however our aim is that a locally owned, ambitious and collaborative LDR supporting local service transformation will help to attract additional funding from identified national funds.
What projects are you about to embark on and what will this bring to your health economy?
We have one of the 12 global digital hospitals in Liverpool. We are extremely excited at this project and the wonderful opportunity it’ll bring for the city.
Their full roadmap can be found here: http://www.ilinksmersey.nhs.uk/media/1554/the_merseyside_digital_roadmap.pdf
And we look forward to hearing from Kate over the next few months.