University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire introduces new EPR programme

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire has shared a video to introduce and launch its new electronic patient record (EPR) programme.

To introduce the importance of the new system – which is to go live in Spring 2023 – and the value of the changes it will bring to UHCW, Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive, commented: “It will change the way we work, every single one of us, positively. In having real-time data about our patients in front of us whenever we need it. That will help us massively move towards our vision to be a national and international leader in healthcare. Putting patient safety at the forefront of everything we do and we think about.” 

Detailing how the implementation of the new system will help contribute towards improving the ‘culture’ of how the trust works, Dr Penny Kechagioglou, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, commented: “This is a programme which needs to be owned by our clinicians, and it’s about them creating better, more efficient, and safer workflows.  

“We have got tremendous expertise in this organisation from all disciplines, and we trust and rely on our clinicians that they can see the vision of this programme beyond just implementing a new technology – it’s about the interoperability of our records and it’s about good communication and ensuring that patients receive the right treatment at the right time.” 

Outlining some of the benefits the EPR programme will provide to staff, Eric Williams, EPR Programme Workstream Lead, added: “From the staff’s point of view, it is providing a uniform access to one system that is going to contain all the patient’s detailed clinical information, and also administration information, in one place. They won’t need to move to two to three systems to undertake simple clinical tasks.” 

The “multi-faceted” benefits of the system for the patients, Eric explained, include “only being asked for the past medical history once” whilst visiting the trust, which installs them with “trust and confidence” in the way their information is being shared across different groups within the organisation.  

You can watch the video in full here: