Secondary Care

North Staffordshire Combined opts for cloud document management

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust has upgraded its electronic document management system, moving from on-premise to the cloud.

The Trust has utilised the system from software supplier CCube Solutions over several years to manage and deliver patient electronic records around the organisation with the system deployed locally. It has now moved to CCube’s Software as a Service EDRM model to provide greater flexibility and access to the system. The Trust has also extended the use of the system into non-clinical operational areas.

Earlier in the week HTN published details on the recently published ‘Digital by Choice Strategy’ at North Staffordshire Combined, where the Trust cited upgrading its infrastructure as a key priority in 2021. It also includes details on its approach to agile working, with staff based at home, and requiring access to systems.

The software is now hosted on Microsoft Azure through UK Cloud data centres, providing the ability to access the system securely through a web browser.

Vijay Magon, Managing Director, CCube Solutions, said: “We introduced our hosted software and support service to reduce the cost of deploying and managing EDRM by billing for the amount of resource used or reserved during a period of time. We manage the underlying infrastructure and application, ensuring the integrity of the EDRM solution and its availability. It means reduced costs, barriers to adoption and greater availability around our solution.

“We typically see savings of greater than £15m over a ten-year period with on-premise electronic document and records management programmes, and with a SaaS solution we can speed-up the deployment timescales to go-live in weeks and realise the savings earlier.”

A few months ago, HTN reported Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust signed a contract with CCube Solutions to transform the way patient records are stored and accessed. The Trust has partnered with the company to adopt its Electronic Document & Records Management System.