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University Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust announces EPR supplier

University Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust (UHP) has announced that Epic has been selected as the supplier for the trust’s new EPR, subject to approval of the full business case.

UHP notes that Epic already supplies the EPR for Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Trust and has recently been announced as the supplier for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, sharing hopes that these three acute trusts in Devon “have an exciting opportunity to provide a truly joined up EPR solution” to “support both operational efficiency and patient safety across the region”.

CCIO and consultant surgeon Mr Simeon Brundell states: “We know that an EPR will help drive improved standards of services at our hospital. With secure, immediate access to live data, the new system will give clinical staff more time to deliver higher quality, and safer care. For patients, this will mean they don’t have to remember their medical history or repeat the same information to different members of staff, making their care journey more joined-up.”

From Epic, executive Leslie Selby comments that UHP “will be able to offer convenient mobile access for patients and clinicians while also benefiting from advanced features such as generative AI and machine learning to improve outcomes and efficiency. We look forward to supporting the trust and its partners in improving the way care is delivered for people throughout Devon.”

In other news around electronic patient records, last month we reported that Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has announced Nervecentre as its EPR supplier, as part of efforts to “reduce the number of digital systems in place, moving from many complex, poorly connected systems to an intuitive solution that allows clinicians to efficiently review and enter patient information in real-time at the patient’s bedside”.

Also in February, we shared how Jersey has published a review on the nation’s EPR implementation, highlighting the need for “greater focus on effective stakeholder and user engagement, as well as more effective discipline around the identification, monitoring and delivery of benefits”.

On Epic, last year HTN covered how Epic and Microsoft announced a collaboration to integrate and develop generative AI capabilities into the Epic electronic health record.