New technology deal to help Sheffield doctors see patients’ health records

Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
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New technology to make it easier for doctors to view patients’ records is to be
rolled out in Sheffield as
part of a £35 million project.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust has appointed HP Enterprise Services UK to develop a new clinical portal to be used by staff.

It will bring together patient information and results from different departments and, ultimately, other NHS organisations, in a bid to give a total picture of a patient’s care.

Dr David Throssell, trust medical director, said: “We need to have a complete picture of each patient when providing care.

“This portal will act as an umbrella across a number of our systems, meaning hospital and community health staff will only have to log in once to view different patient information systems.

The portal will be up and running by autumn for the trust, which runs Sheffield’s Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing maternity and Charles Clifford Dental hospitals.

Dr Throssell said: “It will enable a single, clinical view of every patient and enable more joined-up working between community, acute and primary care professionals.

“The more information we have, the better the quality of care we can offer.

“The portal will give us the ability to access key patient information, wherever we are.

“Many of our staff work outside the hospital in the community or patients’ homes and having the right information available is key.

“The portal will enable this to happen and will mean staff do not have to keep asking patients the same questions, because once information has been inputted into one system it can be viewed via the portal.

“Drug information, diagnosis results and other information will be available.

“This will improve the overall patient experience within the hospital and when visiting satellite clinics.

“Finally, the portal will give us the technology to talk to other NHS organisations, sharing information and getting expert advice.

“When a patient is admitted to another NHS organisation or visited by their GP, we will soon be able to share information with their healthcare provider. This can only be a good thing for our patients.”

The scheme is part of the trust’s £35m Transformation Through Technology project, which will also see a new electronic patient record introduced at hospitals and community services.

Nigel Kirby-Green, of HP Enterprise Services UK, said: “Forward-looking healthcare providers like Sheffield know integrating information around the patient journey and improving clinical productivity are key to improving care and reducing risks.”