Newcastle Hospitals has joined an elite group after achieving an international standard for its use of electronic patient records technology to drive transformational change in all aspects of inpatient care.

The Trust, one of the largest in the UK, has been HIMSS Stage 6 accredited across all of its sites.

It becomes one of only eight NHS organizations to have reached this level or higher. There are less than 100 sites across Europe to have achieved this distinction.

Newcastle hospitals have been measured against the International Standard for Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM) by the International Society for Healthcare Management and Information Systems (HIMSS). The model is made up of seven levels (from 0 to 7) and each must be implemented and used to progress.

Reviewers told the Trust that it had “clearly demonstrated its commitment to improving patient safety and the overall quality of clinical care through the effective use and deployment of electronic medical records technology”.

They also highlighted the depth of knowledge and enthusiasm of all staff involved in the process and in demonstrating how they use the capabilities.

Graham King, Chief Information Officer of Newcastle Hospitals, said“This is a great achievement for the Trust and it is an absolute pleasure to be recognized for our leadership in digital transformation.

“An enormous amount of hard work and effort has gone into achieving this goal across the Trust. It has required collaboration across all areas of the organization. It is well deserved and a excellent platform to get to the final level.

Ellen Klaus, Senior Research Advisor, HIMSS, said: “I would like to congratulate the team at Newcastle Hospitals for achieving EMRAM Stage 6 validation.

“This is an incredible achievement and a reflection of the Trust’s ongoing journey towards digital implementation, ensuring continuous improvement in patient care and safety, as well as staff satisfaction.”

In a double dose of good news, the Trust has also been officially accredited as a Global Digital Exemplar for fulfilling its commitments under the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) scheme with NHS England.

A Global Digital Exemplar is an internationally renowned NHS provider improving the quality of care, through the world-class use of digital technology and information.

Exemplars share their learning and experiences through the creation of plans to enable other trusts to follow in their footsteps as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Trust chief executive Dame Jackie Daniel said: “I am delighted that Newcastle Hospitals have been accredited as a world leader in our use of digital and information technologies.

“Our digital teams include both clinical staff and technical experts and they have worked hard to bring the benefits of digital technology to our patients.

Patient care and safety are at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on continuing to constantly improve.

Dermot Ryan, Director of Frontline Digitization at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “Newcastle Hospitals have made great strides in demonstrating how digital, data and technology can be harnessed to improve patient experience and care, and help staff do their jobs, culminating in their GDE accreditation this this month.

“Patients in Newcastle are feeling the difference on the ground as they can more easily access information and manage their own care through the trust’s patient portal, while the electronic patient record system enables better use of patient data. for more efficient and safer use. , care.”

Some of the Trust’s major achievements include:

  • Upgrading to PAS improving the patient experience through a streamlined process
  • Complex electronic medication management to increase patient safety through guided clinical decision support
  • A patient self-registration trial
  • eObservations and electronic whiteboards to accelerate the escalation of deteriorating patients
  • Digital support for seven-day work standards
  • An improved electronic patient record that has significantly reduced reliance on paper records
  • Reduced risks to patient safety as outpatient orders are placed in the electronic patient record
  • Digital access to the community register
  • A patient portal, allowing patients to take ownership of their own care
  • Lead on behalf of the region the exchange of health information under the Great North Care Record, enabling the sharing of patient data for better and efficient care and improved safety
  • Remote patient consultations, allowing patients to self-manage in a supportive setting
  • Closed-loop drug management, increased safety and inventory management
  • Closed circuit blood to improve patient safety and reduce waste
  • Closed loop milking, ensuring the right milk is given to the right baby
  • HIMSS Level 6 accreditation, fulfilling a commitment to NHS Digital to provide sufficient system capacity, improve patient safety and reduce errors in blood, medicine and milk administration

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