MK Hospital set to launch new electronic patient record system

eCare keeps each patient’s health information in one place for all wards to access.

A new electronic patient record system that will improve the way Milton Keynes University Hospital cares for local people is set to go live at the hospital on April 14 and 15.

Named ‘eCARE’, it is more than just a new computer system as it will give the hospital’s doctors and nurses access to improved up-todate information so that they can deliver safer, more efficient and more timely care.

Every time hospital staff record a patient’s health information it will be stored in the system, which means patients won’t have to keep giving staff the same information over and over again as they move through different parts of the hospital.

eCARE will collate patient details in one easy-to-access place that is secure and confidential.

This includes medical history – including laboratory test results, prescriptions, allergies and current prescriptions.

Previously, this information may have been stored in many different places and in many different forms that were not easily accessible to clinicians.

As each department and ward at the hospital switches over to eCARE on April 14 and 15, staff may temporarily have to document patient details on paper, which will later be logged onto the system.

A spokesperson for Milton Keynes University Hospital said: “During the weekend when eCARE ‘goes live’ it may take a little longer than usual to process patient information.

“We would ask for your patience and understanding during this period as the benefits the new system will bring in the long term are enormous.”

In addition to better managing of patient care throughout the hospital, eCARE will support clinical decision-making and care planning to improve safety and patient experience, and give the hospital’s doctors and nurses access to real-time patient information, helping them plan the right treatment more easily.

It will allow GPs to view certain hospital records of patients under their care, and will contain a full audit trail so that information on who has accessed patient records is fully recorded.

The new system will also see staff at the hospital operating in a different way to before.

The hospital spokesperson added: “Once eCARE is live, patients may see hospital staff working in a different way – spending more time at a computer so they can access and utilise all of the relevant information to deliver excellent care.

“This may be a different experience for patients initially but will ultimately result in quicker, safer and improved treatment for the people of Milton Keynes.”

This feature was published in the April 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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