Secondary Care

Wye Valley NHS Trust goes live with IMS MAXIMS electronic patient record system

Staff across Wye Valley NHS Trust’s four hospitals and community facilities now have a single, shared view of their patients’ records following the deployment of their new electronic patient record (EPR) system.

The trust’s acute and community patient administration systems and theatre system have been replaced by IMS MAXIMS EPR delivering new functionality and flexibility to support the way staff treat and care for patients.

Using a single EPR system and accessing data in real-time will make it easier for doctors and nurses to make clinical decisions and oversee their patients’ care from anywhere in the trust. New functionality including a bespoke patient tracking tool will also help manage emergency admissions and streamline complex discharges, and an added community module is set to provide new and effective ways for district nurses to manage resources and caseload planning.

The EPR implementation is the culmination of more than 18 months of work by the trust and IMS MAXIMS, focused on scoping out the requirements, development testing and training. The final assignment involved the successful migration of more than 18 million records from the old acute and community patient administration systems.

The MAXIMS system is now responsible for handling more than 2,000 patient records a day. IMS MAXIMS compliance with NHS Digital’s Personal Demographic Service means these records will be automatically updated with patient demographic data stored on the Spine, enabling greater accuracy of patients’ records.

David Warden, Associate Director of Information Management and Technology at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said “This is great news for our patients and staff. The appointment to become a Fast Follower means we can build on the good work achieved at go live and provide integrated care where information can securely and appropriately follow the patient.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and IMS MAXIMS as we enhance our digital maturity.”

MAXIMS is being used across Wye Valley NHS Trust’s acute and community estate. Key functionality includes patient admissions and discharge, referral management and triage, scheduling and appointment correspondence, case note tracking, referral to treatment pathways, real-time bed management and theatre management.