Secondary Care

Milton Keynes University Hospital closely integrates EDRM with EPR

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has successfully integrated its electronic document management and records system (EDRM) from CCube Solutions, directly within its electronic patient record system, Cerner.

The EDRM at the trust contains over 80 million scanned patient records, which are now available to view directly within the Cerner application.

The company said the close integration provides around 3,800 staff with immediate access to digital patient notes contained in the CCube EDRM  – viewed from within Millennium –without them having to log in to another system, or view the application in another browser.

Craig York, Chief Technology Officer, Milton Keynes University Hospital, highlighted: “We don’t require clinicians to open up a new Internet Explorer window to do this which is another way the integration could have been done. But they’d then have multiple screens open and it could become distracting and confusing for staff about which patient file they’re actually in which we obviously didn’t want.

“Another good feature is that when a clinician then selects a new patient, the system automatically refreshes and shows the new person’s historical notes when the EDRM tab is pressed in Millennium.”

To support other NHS trusts, Craig York, said: “We would be very happy to provide input and information to other NHS organisations who are considering using both CCube EDRM and Cerner Millennium and are considering integrating both. They can leverage the lessons we’ve learnt about how to successfully do it.”

Debbie Phillips, CCIO and consultant surgeon, Milton Keynes University Hospital, added: “The importance of opportunities to save clinical time within a digital system can’t be underestimated given the number of patients we have to treat.”

The EDRM runs in a Microsoft Azure cloud environment, reflecting the hospital’s digital cloud first strategy.