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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals announces “long overdue” £44 million EPR

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals (BHRUT) has revealed its electronic patient record programme, with an aim to go live in 2025.

As one of the last trusts in London to move to an EPR, the programme aims to see an end to the trust’s “unhealthy reliance on paper” which currently sees 25 million pieces of A4 generated every year.

In a £44 million investment, the trust will be introducing a system provided by Oracle Cerner, which is the same as that in use at Barts Health. In particular, the trust’s announcement highlights the benefits which will arise from closer collaboration with Barts Health, and that “the records of someone visiting any one of the seven hospitals run by BHRUT and Barts Health will be accessible to the clinical team”.

Jacqui Smith, chair in common at BHRUT and Barts Health, said: “This is our integrated group’s biggest and most consequential achievement. Through collaboration, BHRUT has received invaluable support from Barts Health as it introduces this long overdue digital system. Our joint working will make life better for residents and staff.”

Matthew Trainer, BHRUT’s chief executive, added: “This is a game changer that will move our trust out of the digital dark ages. It is an exciting and positive development. Patients and staff will reap the rewards for decades to come.”

As part of our latest HTN EPR event, we reached out to peers and industry experts to share their views on their own electronic patient record implementation journeys, key learnings and advice, as well as adding value to an EPR.

As part of our Health Tech Trends Series sponsored by InterSystems, we also conducted a poll, where we asked the HTN audience: How many EPR systems do you think there will be in the market in 5 years?

To read BHRUT’s EPR announcement and associated FAQ’s in full, please click here.