Secondary Care

Nottinghamshire Healthcare takes ReStart clinical portal

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) has confirmed the purchase of Viper360 clinical portal plus a 3 year services and support contract from ReStart Consulting.  This announcement follows the successful trial of Viper360 at the Trust and will extend the use of Viper360 to a wider range of the Trust’s services and facilities.

Andrew Haw, Head of Health Informatics, Nottinghamshire Healthcare advised; “Our Trust started as a mental health services provider and like many NHS organisations has grown through mergers. It now also offers community health provision. This means that it has disparate clinical systems for physical and mental health.”

The use of these various systems caused some problems in that clinicians and pharmacists were having to re-enter material from one system into another which introduces a possibility of error.  Clinicians and other support providers had to make decisions without having access to all the relevant documentation available within all the relevant systems, as they were not necessarily visible to them.

Andrew said, “During the proof of concept phase we saw a decrease in the risk of error as we eliminated the need to repeat enter data. We also saw increases in the quality of patient care as clinical decisions were made following greater access to important patient health histories.”

“Clinicians did not have to waste critical time double entering data. Time was saved in not trying to find information that may or may not have existed and decisions about patients were made with all the relevant facts available. And importantly, in today’s climate, because Viper360 is built using open source technology the Trust is not committed to expensive licencing of proprietary technology which would have made this project untenable.”