Hillingdon Hospital Awards SRC Contract for Trust Wide Electronic Discharge Summary Deployment

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The eDS solution will enable the Trust to deliver accurate, legible discharge summaries complete with prescriptions to a patient’s GP within 24 hours of them leaving hospital.

We discharge 800 patients a week and every one of them needs a discharge summary within 24 hours. We need a solution that would enable us to deliver that and give us the tools to ensure quality and efficiency.

SRC today announced that they have been awarded the contract to deploy a Trust wide Electronic Discharge Summary (eDS) solution at The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust in West London. The solution will be implemented rapidly and will go live between July and August 2010.

The eDS solution will enable the Trust to deliver accurate, legible discharge summaries complete with prescriptions to a patient’s GP within 24 hours of them leaving hospital. In addition, it supports workflow management, easing any bottlenecks in the process, and will deliver required management information.

Since April 2010, all acute NHS trusts are obliged to deliver discharge summaries to GPs containing information about a patient’s diagnosis, treatment and prescribed medications within 24 hours of the patient leaving hospital.

Geoff Geaves, eDS project manager at The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We discharge 800 patients a week and every one of them needs a discharge summary within 24 hours. We need a solution that would enable us to deliver that and give us the tools to ensure quality and efficiency.”

The web-based solution will be rolled out within two months and has been tailored to also make historic discharge summaries, from the Trust’s legacy system, available for reference within the new system.

The Hillingdon Hospital selected SRC following a mini-competition amongst providers supplying against the Office of Government Commerce Framework Agreement A217833/L3 that determined eDS would meet all the Trust’s criteria for success:

eDS can be integrated with the Trust’s patient administration system via HL7, in this case Silverlink iCS via Sunquest. Discharge data can also be exported to the Trusts data warehouse.

eDS has flexible templates that can be tailored to different departments’ needs

eDS includes a workflow process that allows managers to actively manage the production of discharge summaries

eDS enables pharmacists to manage and approve drug prescription using electronic signatures

eDS is future-proofed, with the option to add on modules from SRC’s Clinical Toolkit, including Drug Decision Support, Patient Handover Lists and Clinical Correspondence

Chris Hart, CEO at SRC, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Hillingdon Hospital. Trusts are increasing looking to our eDS and clinical information solutions, which complement our digital dictation and document creation solutions.”

Hart added: “SRC’s eDS is an affordable solution that speeds up processes and brings everything needed into one application to rapidly draft, approve and issue electronic discharge summaries. In other Trusts it is proven to make a major contribution both to patient safety and operational efficiency.”

SRC’s eDS solution was developed with leading software firm Bluewire Technologies. It is easy to use, making production and processing of discharge summaries both quick and efficient. It is compliant with the NHS Common User Interface, a key feature for ease of use and patient safety.

Mr Geaves added: “At all stages of the project SRC have been there with help and guidance as we integrated eDS with our PAS, developed the templates and carried out the training for staff to use the system. We are really looking forward to going live and expect to have all wards using eDS by the middle of August.”

For further information about SRC’s range of solutions please go to http://www.src.co.uk.

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