The last of the three ‘greenfield’ sites in the South to receive Cerner Millennium has gone live – achieving the timescale target set out when the contract was initially negotiated.
North Bristol NHS Trust has confirmed it has launched Millennium in a live environment last Friday and is on track to have it live in 90% of the trust by the end of today.
Director of assurance, information and technology, Martin Bell, said the system was introduced in the emergency department, minor injuries units, ward areas, theatres and outpatients without any issues.
“We have continued to achieve good flow through our hospitals and there have been no noted delays in patient experience,” he said in a statement.
North Bristol’s go-live follows a go-live at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, which managed to get the system live at its second attempt last week. Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust was the first to go-live with Millennium in July.
A £69m contract for BT to deliver Cerner Millennium to three new, or ‘greenfield’ sites, was agreed last April as part of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.
It followed an earlier deal for the company to look after the ‘live eight’ (now seven) trusts that received the system from Fujitsu, and to deliver RiO to 25 community and mental health trusts.
It is understood the contract negotiations included a requirement for all three sites to have the system running by the end of 2011.
A requirement for BT to deploy the system to a fourth site was dropped during the negotiations. EHI understands the Department of Health had trouble securing a fourth site wanting to take the system.
By the time Bath went live in July, it had been waiting for the system for almost five years – the trust had been due to get the system before Fujitsu left the programme in April 2008.
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Confused: what is "greenfield" in secondary care?Mary Hawking 114 weeks ago
I'm delighted if North Bristol NHS Trust is being so successful in installing Millenium - but what was in place before their installation?
I find it hard to believe that in this day and age any hospital does not have some IT systems in place - such as a PAS, a pathology module and PACS.
Many of the problems reported in other installations appear to thave been data migration problems.
Was this a genuine "greenfields" installation - please define what is meant by "greenfields" - and could lessons be learnt from this installation: what were the factors which made it successful compared with the others with problems?
BerksDANCECLOTHEARS 115 weeks ago
"Elsewhere in the South of England, Royal Berkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is planning to go live with Cerner this summer, in a deal with UPMC and Cerner awarded outside the National Programme for IT in the NHS." From a Spring (2011 - always helps to quote a year with these things) EHI article. Did that happen?
Not fit for a UK hospital - a little harshRobert Langdon 116 weeks ago
Brave to speak out but I'm not sure you can claim "not fit for the uk market" [original post edited by EHI]. Unless I'm very much mistaken there were three Greenfield sites, two of which went live in very short succession of each other and both who have had problems hit the press. Could this be part of the problem?
As for the third Greenfield site in Bath, which is only ever referred to as the trust that had been waiting five years why have we not heard anything from them? Is it a case of no news is good news? Come on EHI, isn't it about time you did a follow up? Spread some good news this Christmas time!
Never mind Bath...Daniel Defoe 116 weeks ago
What about Weston-(Super-Mare) Area Health Trust (among others) which went live with Cerner Millennium in August 2006 (see http://www.ehi.co.uk/news/ehi/2046 . I keep raising it, but we never hear a peep. Presumably it's all going well there, so I agree with Mr Langdon; come on EHI, get some (presumably) good news from W-S-M and give us some Christmas cheer.
No news is good news?Adam Jensen 116 weeks ago
I agree entirely. In fact wasn't the Bath deployment recently commended nationally as being the best centrally-funded deployment of Cerner Millennium to date? If so then why have we not seen anything made of this in EHI or the mainstream press? Given the torrents of negative publicity the national deployments have garnered you would think Connecting for Health would be desperate to fete Bath as much as possible. Or is EHI only interested in reporting bad news as far as NPfIT goes?
Colleagues in the supplier space are keeping an eagle eye out for any good news that would justify further commercial engagement on a similar scale.
no noted delays in patient experience - RUBBISHgreggles 116 weeks ago
Talking to others here at NBT, I understand Cerner Millennium has not been without issue. The system is said to run slowly, unavailable many times per day...
I chat to hundreds of clinical staff in my job. I hear nothing but dismay and anger at the situation. Patients due for appointments imminently can not be told the time of their appointment.
Complaints that I have heard include: They know a day but cannot be told a time. Letter printing does not work. Tens of thousands of future appointments have been placed into non existent slots so the system will not recognise them.
But dont take my word for it. Ask someone who actually uses the system daily. Or a patient!
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Greenfield???Daniel Defoe 116 weeks ago
Anybody who has seen North Bristol's main campus recently (with all the building work going on) will have a laugh at the word "greenfield". But good luck, Mr Bell; we're all looking forward to hearing about how things are going.