Secondary Care

Blackpool Teaching signs with CCube Solutions to digitise records

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a £1.2 million contact with CCube Solutions to transform the way patient records are stored.

The trust has partnered with the company to adopt its Electronic Document & Records Management System which has proven successful at other trusts.

The trust said “the aim of the project is to have a positive impact on patient care by providing clinicians and health professionals with instant, secure access to a comprehensive, easily searchable patient history where and when needed including across multiple locations at the same time. This will enable improved clinician decision making and improved patient service delivery.”

The introduction of an EDRMS is part of the trust’s phased Electronic Patient Record implementation strategy to upgrade and restructure the current health record storage system.

Steven Bloor, chief information officer, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust “At the moment approximately 610,000 patient health records, each estimated to hold about 300 pages, are stored in various locations around the hospital.”

“Over the next few months the trust will be working to create a scanning bureau and in October 2020 we will take delivery of 10 industrial-scale scanners to start the process of converting paper records into digital documents freeing up much needed room which can be repurposed for other uses including clinical space.”

The digital patient record will help to promote and support remote consultations and virtual clinics, the trust views as crucial for reducing unnecessary outpatient visits, to protect patients and staff, and save time and money for patients and the health service.

Earlier in the year HTN visited North Bristol NHS Trust and interviewed the team following a successful project utilising the same technology from CCube Solutions. Read the article here.