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Lincs trust orders Ascribe ePMA

23 February 2012   Chris Thorne

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the latest to order Ascribe’s electronic prescribing and medicines administration system.

The trust already uses Ascribe patient administration, emergency care, and pharmacy stock management and clinical screening systems.

In a statement, it said that adding ePMA should reduce medical and administrative errors associated with handwritten notes and improve communication for healthcare teams.

It is also hoping to improve its drug use reporting and to make savings from its drugs budget.

Mike Urwin, clinical director of pharmacy and medicines management, said: “It enables us to implement the ‘closed loop’ of medicines management, allowing us to improve service delivery and improve patient safety.

“By using decision support during prescribing, we can also enable clinicians to make the most informed decision for patients, and implement a solution that can monitor outcomes to improve the care we give to all our patients.”

Peter Wisher, director of diagnostics and therapeutics, said he hoped that the trust’s ongoing partnership with Ascribe would also help it to “better integrate our trust-wide clinical systems”, including those delivered by third-party suppliers.

Stephen Critchlow, the chief executive of Ascribe, said it had “worked with Northern Lincolnshire and Goole for many years”, so it was “delighted it has selected Ascribe to be its partner for its electronic prescribing project.”


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Last updated: 24 February 2012 10:13

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george385 139 weeks ago

Having a legible and unambiguous medicines order is pretty much the baseline for ePrescribing.

There's no point of having any bells and whistles in terms of clinical decision support if we can't safely read the medicine order?


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JBhatt 139 weeks ago

According to data sourced from the EHI Intelligence NHS Trust Database, out of the 164 acute trusts in England, 88 have no e-prescribing system installed.

We have 50% of the market split between the following 3 suppliers:

1. JAC

2. iSoft

3. Ascribe

There are also a significant number of trusts with in house systems. These figures are strictly based on number of contracts won, not value of contract.

Please visit EHI Intelligence to see much more information about the IT systems being used by NHS trusts.


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88 Trusts with no EPMA. Dereliction of duty?

ehealthsolutions 139 weeks ago

So what are the 88 acute Trusts with no EPMA doing about it?

There are 3 or 4 perfectly good EPMA systems available and in live use.

Some (myself included) might consider that these Trusts are guilty of a dereliction of duty to their patients.


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Just EPMA?

Daniel Defoe 139 weeks ago

Dereliction of duty because they don't have EP/MA? Paaah! A drop in the ocean. What about all those Trusts which don't currently have Care Pathways/Decision Support (to which EP/MA ought to be a feeder)? Now THAT'S dereliction of duty.


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Best of breed ePMA's

ehealthsolutions 139 weeks ago

The choice of acute care EPMA's on the UK market seems to be

Ascribe EPMA

Cerner EPMA

CSE Healthcare EPMA (PICS)

iSOFT EPMA

JAC EPMA

Meditech EPMA

I think that with the exception of Cerner and Meditech these EPMA's can

be run as "best of breed" modules integrated via a clinical portal.

It would be interesting to compare the systems in a head to head regional procurement.

Have I missed anyone out?


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starslikedust 139 weeks ago

According to the NHS CFH data the following are the top three suppliers, covering 50% of the market:

1. JAC

2. Ascribe

3. Meditech

There are around 20 suppliers in total and only half of those organisations surveyed had an ePrescribing system in place.

The caveat on this information is there were only 220 organisations who returned the survey, so not everyone did.


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