In October 2014, the Trust implemented a fully integrated electronic patient record system (Epic) across both of its hospitals as part of its award-winning eHospital digital transformation programme. This brings together all clinical and administrative information relating to a patient in one place, recorded in real time, using integrated computers, mobile and handheld devices. This work has improved quality, reduced duplication and eliminated unnecessary delays to patient care (99 per cent of all clinical activity recorded and accessed in Epic Trust-wide).
It is used in inpatient and outpatient areas across all major clinical areas including the emergency department, wards, critical care, outpatient clinics, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology services. Typically, there are 3,400 concurrent clinical staff accessing the system at peak times. Clinical decision support within the system supports clinical practice and improves safety.
CUH was the first NHS trust to embark upon and implement a digital programme of this kind or scale (eHospital). In 2015 the Trust became the first in the UK to validate at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 6 within a year of implementing its Epic system and supporting technologies – moving from unofficial EMRAM Stage 1 status.