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Royal Marsden plans new Digital Health Record

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has announced a new programme to implement a Digital Health Record (DHR) to replace its electronic patient record system. 

Following recent business case approval from its Board, The Royal Marsden will partner with Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and begin the roll-out of Epic this month, with an expected go-live date of March 2023.

The two trusts will partner to share expertise and experience, following the launch of the system at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) two years ago. 

The trust said: “The partnership with GOSH will bring substantial benefits to both trusts. For The Royal Marsden, it will give us the opportunity to harness the digital excellence, technologies and learning that GOSH have achieved through their clinically led implementation of DHR in 2019.

“For GOSH, working in partnership with us on all future developments to the system means they will be able to do more, at a faster rate and reduced cost, and by sharing skills and expertise across organisations we will both maximise the benefits of the DHR for staff and patients.”

The project forms part of The Royal Marsden’s Digital Transformation Programme, with ambitions to achieve HIMMS level 7 state of digital maturity.

The DHR will include electronic prescribing, assessment templates, monitoring of vital signs and Integrated Care Pathways to support clinical decision-making and enable the recording of outcome information as standard. The trust also aims to become completely paperless.

As part of HTN’s health tech for the now live series, we welcomed David Newey, Deputy Chief Information Officer at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in 2020 to share some of their programmes and learnings from the year. Here we recap the session with David and his talk on the trust’s COVID-19 response.

In other news from the trust, in 2020 HTN reported on the trust’s introduction of an AI virtual agent to support key workers post lockdown. The technology, ‘Ask Maisie’, uses IBM Watson Assistant to provide key workers access to the latest COVID-19 HR related information, policies and workplace guidance as the country eases lockdown measures.