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CUH shortlisted for a patient safety award for the use of information technology

31 March 2017
Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has been shortlisted in the prestigious national Patient Safety Awards 2017 for the use of information technology to improve patient safety, as a result of eHospital.

CUH has been shortlisted in the prestigious national Patient Safety Awards 2017 for the use of information technology to improve patient safety, as a result of its Trust-wide digital programme - eHospital.

In October 2014, CUH went live with an electronic patient record system across both its hospitals - Addenbrooke's and The Rosie. Paper records are a thing of the past as clinicians can now quickly and securely access all of a patient's medical record at the touch of a button.

Dr Afzal Chaudhry, Renal Consultant and Chief Medical information Officer at CUH, said:

"A key part of our eHospital programme is our Epic electronic patient record system which has become an essential tool in assisting our clinicians to provide better patient care. Built by our clinicians for our clinicians, it enables them to view a patient's medical record in its entirety, electronically, whenever and wherever they need to without having to wait for or write in paper notes.

"Drug allergy alerts in the Epic system are significantly improving patient safety. Every inpatient now has a barcoded wristband which links to their electronic medical record in the system; and handheld and mobile devices are enabling clinicians to document information at the patient's bedside, in real-time, so that they can spend more quality time with their patients."

The Epic electronic patient record system at CUH is delivering many other benefits including halving the time for medicines to be dispensed from the pharmacy which means patients can go home earlier, as well as saving patients from making any unnecessary journeys to the fracture clinic because clinicians can now view x-rays and notes online in a virtual clinic.

Speaking about this achievement, Dr Jag Ahluwalia, CUH Medical Director and executive for information technology, said:

"To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a great achievement and a true reflection of how our hospital staff are embracing digital technology to improve patient care and safety across the Trust."

"CUH was the first NHS Trust to introduce such a large-scale and advanced digital programme. We have learnt and are still learning important lessons which have helped us to develop, and from which the rest of the NHS will benefit as we all move towards the government's ambition of a digital NHS."

The Patient Safety Awards, which form part of the annual Patient Safety Congress, recognise and reward outstanding practice across the NHS and independent healthcare organisations.

The shortlisted projects will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel on 10 May 2017.

The award winners will be announced out at a ceremony in Manchester on 4 July 2017.