UCLH approves full business case for Epic 

15/03/2017 00:00 
The UCLH Board has approved the full business case for Epic to provide the new electronic health record system (EHRS) as part of UCLH’s wider transformation programme.

This is a significant decision following a detailed and extensive procurement process, and the final major piece of UCLH’s digital strategy which has seen the appointment of Atos as foundational IT partner and TeleTracking Technologies as patient flow partner for the new Coordination Centre that will facilitate patient flow through the hospital and maximise our capacity for acute and elective patients. 

The Board’s approval remains subject to agreeing external funding and we will continue to work closely with NHS Improvement and NHS Digital as we move towards contract signature. Also working with our local STP partners, we will ensure that there is a positive impact far wider than UCLH. 

The EHRS platform will give UCLH a single, integrated electronic clinical record to enable world-class patient care, research, patient engagement and staff experience. EHRS will provide a world-leading patient portal which will be of major benefit to patients and their families.

Marcel Levi, UCLH chief executive said: “Our clinicians, nurses and other health care professionals will have access to all relevant patient information in one place. We can make significant further improvements in patient safety. We will be able to collaborate with other healthcare partners, such as GPs, more easily. We will make the system communicate with other patient information systems in our STP region and beyond.  In addition, the system will facilitate clinical research leading to innovative new treatment options and other benefits for health care. And patients will be able to access their own data safely and securely, to help manage and improve their conditions.”

EHRS is a major step forward in UCLH becoming fully interoperable with our NHS partners, supporting data sharing for the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (NCL STP) and more widely.  EHRS will also equip UCLH with the capability to support new models of care, delivering the aims of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, and meeting the national target for becoming a paperless hospital by 2020. 

UCLH is fully committed to the development of the NCL STP and working with other trusts to deliver NHS England’s interoperability standards to share information easily with patients and other NHS organisations. 

UCLH is working closely with other organisations including Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) who are either using, or intending to use, Epic.  

Roland Sinker, CEO at CUH said “We are very keen to partner with UCLH and have high aspirations for our collaborative work. Together we believe we can further develop the digitisation of how we work, and by doing this unlock the benefits of access to better data. This will support our wider research aims, and form an important component of the wider UK life sciences strategy, whilst simultaneously improving experience for staff and patients.”

Dr Peter Steer, CEO at GOSH, said: “We look forward to working closely with UCLH to develop paediatric content for its electronic patient record system which will improve clinical care, research and patient engagement. By sharing our specialist paediatric content using Epic, we hope to enhance the care of children and young people across the patient pathway.” 

UCLH is also exploring the option of collaborating with the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to bring our Cancer Vanguard work closer together digitally.
The aim is for UCLH to go live with Epic early in 2019, in time for our new capital developments (the proton beam centre, the new hospital for cancer and haematology patients and the new location for the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and Eastman Dental Hospital), after carefully configuring and testing the Epic system with constant input from UCLH clinicians and patients.  The detailed EHRS design, implementation and training programme will be clinically led.

Gill Gaskin, Medical Director Specialist Hospitals Board, UCLH said,  “The key to success will be the close involvement of clinicians and patients so that everyone benefits quickly when we go live.”

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