Secondary Care

East Lancashire Hospitals chooses Cerner as preferred EPR

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has chosen Cerner as its Preferred Supplier of a new clinical information system that will help to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.

ELHT Director of Finance Jonathan Wood, said: “We are delighted to choose Cerner as the Preferred Supplier for the electronic patient record system, which will deliver a safe, reliable and convenient solution for our patients and clinical staff”. Cerner’s EPR, selected by senior clinicians at the Trust, will firmly place East Lancashire Hospitals at the forefront of NHS health informatics and enable us to introduce further innovation for the benefits of staff and patients.”

“East Lancashire Hospitals is a very large NHS Trust with around 1,000 inpatient beds and 20,000 outpatient appointments each week. That means we need the best patient information system available so our clinicians can more effectively and efficiently manage their patients at all times”.

Last October, 50 senior clinicians as well as IT management at East Lancashire Hospitals evaluated EPR systems from five companies, and chose Cerner Millennium as a clear winner.

Following evaluation, the Trust’s EPR procurement case was presented to, and signed off by, the ELHT Board in December.

ELHT Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr Tom Newton “Much more than a computer system, Cerner Millennium will transform the way our clinical staff work, making sense of busy, complex health services, analysing information in clever ways and helping to manage many every-day tasks. This system will not only help to treat patients more effectively by giving healthcare staff easier access to up-to-date information, it will also use this information to improve care, and give healthcare staff the tools needed to be safer and more efficient”.