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Manchester University NHS FT highlights benefits to transparency, patient empowerment and sustainability through EPR

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating one year of their electronic patient record Hive, sharing how they have launched a new online patient portal and mobile app MyMFT as well as having “transformed our internal systems and ways of working over the past year”.

The trust shares how Hive’s introduction brought together “over 28,000 colleagues from across hospital sites, clinical services, and corporate and clinical departments”.

In addition, MFT highlights three key areas where benefits have been realised for staff and/or patients: transparency and visibility; patient empowerment; and sustainability. “Having a trust-wide system with patient information available both securely and in real time at any MFT location has significantly improved transparency and enabled our staff to provide more informed and efficient care,” the trust notes. Over 260,000 patients are now reported to be using MyMFT, supporting them to become more involved in their own care, and in addition, the trust is “already seeing the benefits of moving away from using paper-based forms and records”, with the switch to the EPR helping MFT to save “over 14 million sheets of paper since Hive’s launch”.

MFT has received Epic’s ‘Good Install’ Award for 2023, which recognises the trust’s “ongoing commitment to digital healthcare, as well as the exceptional collaboration between MFT’s clinical, nursing, operational, and digital teams involved in Hive’s delivery”.

Earlier this month, 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. At the same event, we heard from digital consultants Apira on the topic of realising benefits and overcoming challenges for EPR implementation.

Also in EPR news, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals (BHRUT) has revealed its £44 million electronic patient record programme, with an aim to go live in 2025.

August saw the news that London North West NHS has gone live with its EPR, with joint chief nursing information officer at Imperial College Healthcare Trust and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust calling it the “first step towards an amazing digital future”.