Leading clinician lauds paperless NHS changes

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Dr Martin Gray spoke at the ELS regarding hospital’s move into digital times and how they have reaped the rewards

[London, UK] Speaking at today’s HIMSS UK Executive Leadership Summit at the King’s Fund, Dr Martin Gray revealed the benefits of moving into a paperless NHS exclusively to the British Journal of Healthcare Computing.

Dr Gray, CCIO & Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Clinical Lead for PICU at St George’s University Hospitals NHS FT, spoke at length regarding the changes that St George’s University Hospitals have made, looking at data quality issues and the fact there were many errors using a paper solution.

Since the installation of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) two years ago, numerous new systems have been added ensuring better quality care for patients.

Now, St George’s are at Stage 6 of the international Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) and will continue to progress. Dr Gray explained: “We are lucky that we have both an acute EMR and a community EMR and we are extremely proud at what we have achieved so far.”

The ongoing project was split into two sections, one dealing with documentation and one dealing with medication management. Three key phases have been completed and Dr Gray added: “We have engaged with clinical champions. These are people who work within the trust and have raised awareness of the clinical priority area.

“We have also been working closely with other clinical workgroups and we have found this most beneficial.

“Relationships have been formed with clinical teams and we have engaged and deployed clinical taskgroups. Social media has also proved useful, as well as newsletters, and communication is certainly getting better and the hard work will continue.”