An electronic patient record system tender from Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has attracted 22 expressions of interest in its first week.
The tender was dispatched to the Official Journal of the European Union on February 22.
It says the trust is looking to spend £2m on an EPR - including a patient administration system, clinical desktop and integration, medicines management and maternity.
Director of planning and performance Jeremy Martin said it was “very encouraging” to have 22 expressions of interest already.
The plan is to deploy the system in maternity in the latter part of 2013, introduce the PAS in either late 2013 or in 2014, then build it into a fully functioning EPR over the following three years.
Martin said the trust had been using HP Swift for the past 20 years and wanted to “move into the modern world."
He said the healthcare world was changing and moving towards more integrated care.
“We want to work much more closely with partner organisations locally to help patients move through the pathways more seamlessly,” he added.
“We want to procure a system that has required standards of interoperability, so at some point in the future we have the capacity to link that information with other organisations.
"But that’s a bit down the line. The priority is to get our own systems talking to each other first.”
The trust expects the benefits of a better EPR to include better quality of care by being able to introduce functionality such as e-prescribing.
It also expects to make efficiency savings through better use of clinical time and improved communication with patients.
Yeovil will use the EPR to generate electronic discharge summaries, which it is not currently doing; although it is piloting an electronic discharge system created by the Somerset Health Informatics Service.
Martin explained that the trust only has to make “relatively modest improvements” to cover the investment costs of the new system.
It is working closely with neighbouring Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to learn from its experience of implementing Cerner Millennium.
“Yeovil didn’t get anything through the National Programme [for IT in the NHS]. We've been waiting a long time for this,” Martin said.
“The board sees it as key to our strategy, which is about being part of an integrated health community and moving towards things like telehealth and mobile working.”
“This is a key enabler of lots of other efficiencies and quality improvements.” Supplier submissions must be received by March 30.
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Calm Down Dears...Daniel Defoe 125 weeks ago
Neelam, ehealth solutions, george, stop getting so agitated. It's Yeovil. They want a PAS Plus to replace their Swift IHCS like-for-like if only so that they can stop using terminal emulation. Then when they've done that, they'll be ripe for the Somerset NHS Pacman to swallow them into whatever the Taunton-centric provider organisation is destined to become.
Why are vendors allowed to dictate systemsNeelam Dugar 125 weeks ago
NHS seriously needs vendor neutral standards to allow us to buy best of breed systems--rather than vendor insist on their partners.
This revolution can only happen with NHS adopting standards based interoperability.
Don't forget dm+d and SNOMED CT for interoperabilityehealthsolutions 125 weeks ago
Don't forget the NHS drug dictionary, dm+d, for recording/exchanging a patients medication record and SNOMED CT for recording/exchanging a patients ALLERGY information, active MEDICAL PROBLEMS (co-morbidities) list and active patient ALERTS information.
These are essential clinical data standards for a shared patient record.
Two others...ehealthsolutions 125 weeks ago
I suppose I should also include Allscripts (Sunrise Clinical Manager) and Epic in the above list. Both have mature American ePMA modules but I am not sure where they are up to with adapting them to the needs of NHS clinicians.
Re-phrased with a little more information...ehealthsolutions 125 weeks ago
If Yeovil want an integrated inpatient e-prescribing solution then their choice of EPR might be limited to one that can interface with
Ascribe ePMA - uses Ascribe drug/decision support database
Cerner ePMA - uses Cerner Multum drug/decision support database
CSE Healthcare ePMA - uses BNF drug/decision support datasets
iSOFT ePMA - uses First Databank drug/decision support database
JAC ePMA - uses First Databank drug/decision support database
Meditech ePMA - uses First Databank drug/decision support database
The choice of ePMA might also be influenced by the hospital's Pharmacy Information System - same drug database - although this isn't necessary for an acceptable solution to be deployed.
Influencing the prescriber at point of prescribing is keygeorge385 125 weeks ago
And of those systems listed some are better at "decision support" than others. How many can recommend a prescription on the basis of a test result, taking into account allergies and co-morbidities?
The need for stock control systems off the back of the prescribing system limits the list even further.
Integrated in-patient e-prescribingehealthsolutions 126 weeks ago
If Yeovil want an integrated in-patient e-prescribing solution then their choice of EPR might be limited to
CSE Healthcare ePMA