Secondary Care

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals deploys MAXIMS

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has deployed IMS MAXIMS technology in its emergency department.

Steven Bloor, chief information officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “We would not have got through the winter with the system we had in place, so we really pushed to get MAXIMS in when we did. The ease of use and the flexibility of the system has been praised by users, and we are looking forward to having similar capabilities across the hospital as a whole.”

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals is a long-standing user of IMS MAXIMS clinical technology and is committed to deploying the latest version of the company’s electronic patient record.

The ED go-live will trigger an ambitious digitisation programme that will see the trust replace its PAS, deploy MAXIMS in theatres, and aim to complete the levels of the Digital Health Intelligence Clinical Digital Maturity Index by 2020-21.

The acute trust is also part of the Fylde Coast Local Health Economy, one of 14 multi-speciality community provider vanguards set up to test out new models of healthcare that ‘wrap around’ the patient. The MAXIMS deployment will be used to help share information across the health and care economy.

Bloor explained: “We want to surface information with the clinician where and when they need it, without having to access multiple systems.

“As our accountable care partnership across the Fylde coast develops, MAXIMS will enable the integrated approach needed to manage patient flow across the whole health community.”

“The emergency department is the start of the patient journey, so it is the logical place to begin the deployment of MAXIMS,” Bloor said. “This is now the cornerstone for our wider digital ambitions.”