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Medway NHS Trust announces EPR choice and go-live timescale

Medway NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Allscripts Sunrise as its EPR (electronic patient record), after announcing that it aims to go-live on the first part of the project later in 2021.

The Trust is reportedly the third in Kent to choose Allscripts and plans to go-live with the first phase of ‘core functionality’ within six months of the start date, which is currently April 2021. Overall, it hopes to consolidate its 80 or more clinical systems, plus its 70 additional systems, into one single EPR; a decision the Trust made in December 2020.

The programme aims to provide clinicians with easier access to, and a single view of, patient information. Foundations will also be laid for further phases of the roll-out, including e-prescribing and medicines administration.

Medway FT will retain its PAS (patient administration system), using Allscripts’ ‘clinical wrap’ approach to add functionality quickly, rather than discarding the system.

Michael Beckett, Interim Director of IT at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our digital maturity is not where it should be, and that is something that the board and our clinicians want to address. We are running many legacy systems and we want to consolidate them to support our clinicians and build a platform for the future.

“By working with Allscripts, we will also be working with the solution that is used by our neighbours at East Kent University Hospitals and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells. That will create tremendous opportunities for interoperability across our region,” he added.

“The trust is very excited about this development and what it will mean, not just for the next few months, but for the future.”

The Trust also conducted market reviews and clinician workshops to demonstrate the technology before making its decision.