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Wye Valley NHS Trust has welcomed the Department of Health’s decision to include it among a number of Trusts to benefit from a £160 million fund to progress the use of new technology to improve patient care.
The secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt, made the announcement when he revealed the 18 NHS Trusts which will become “fast followers” in the Global Digital Exemplars programme.
It means the Trust will now work closely with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust - which named as a Global Digital Exemplar by the government last year - to make the most of digital technology to drive better and safer patient care.
This will include replacing paper records and printed orders where possible and using new technology to arrange prescriptions for patients, placing orders and making referrals entirely on computers.
This comes on the back of phase one of a new electronic patient record system which went live across the Trust during the summer and phase two which is due to be implemented over the next 18 months.
David Warden, Associate Director of Information Management and Technology at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This is great news for our patients and staff. We recently went live with the first phase of our MAXIMS electronic patient record.
“This announcement means we can continue to build on this good work. Our aim is to provide integrated care where information can securely and appropriately follow the patient.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust as we enhance our digital maturity.
“It will allow us to have the right information in the right place at the right time, which will help us move patients through our care more efficiently and effectively.”
Stuart Hill, deputy chief information officer at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We look forward to working with Wye Valley NHS Trust in making the most of digital technology to drive better and safer patient care.”
Shane Tickell, chief executive officer at IMS MAXIMS (which worked with WVT to roll out its new electronic patient record system), said: “Success in NHS digital transformation is absolutely imperative to ensure healthcare professionals can deliver the safest, most effective care possible.
“Our collaboration with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has helped us refine a model to achieve this, which can be easily replicated by other healthcare providers. This blueprint has underpinned the great work we have been doing with Wye Valley NHS Trust, who went live with MAXIMS this summer, supporting its paperless ambitions.”
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444