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Award to develop electronic prescription services for patients

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We have been awarded £1.3m to develop a new electronic prescription system in our hospitals.

The funding comes from NHS England as part of the Integrated Digital Care Fund (IDCF). The Integrated Digital Care Fund was launched by NHS England to facilitate the widespread adoption of modern, safe standards of electronic record-keeping. Digital systems have the potential to benefit patients and clinicians by enabling safer, more joined up care through the sharing of comprehensive clinical information. This can lead to reduced prescription errors, improve clinical decision-making and support patients to interact with their own health record.

Our new electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system means that our staff can now complete patient’s prescriptions at the patient bedside, which means the process will be much quicker. It also eliminates issues such as illegibility and prescription errors and contributes to the ambition for the NHS to become completely paperless.

The EPMA system provides clinical decision support (CDS) to assist doctors and nurses in caring for patients safely and effectively.  The system is incorporated within the existing electronic patient record and is aware of known allergies and blood results to avoid inappropriate prescribing. The project will commence in April and is expected to run for 12- 18 months initially.

Nick Wood, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and Chief Clinical Information Officer said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding. It’s great to know that NHS England recognises and has confidence in our ability to deliver the advantages to our patients and local health economy.”

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