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Siemens helps NHS Fife to spearhead single patient record approach

Siemens Healthcare UK : 05 December, 2007  (New Product)
Siemens Medical Solutions is overseeing the patient record roll-out as part of its long-term managed service partnership with NHS Fife which is extending the scope of its Patient Administration System (PAS) to include community and mental health services.
The move is beyond the current use in the acute hospital facilities and the first ‘joined up’ patient records roll-out of its kind in the UK.

The new integrated approach will ensure that patient records such as contact details, clinical notes and historical data are available across the whole Health Board rather than duplicated and stored at multiple locations. This will improve efficiency of the clinical services provided by NHS Fife and enable secure remote access to patient records by district or community nurses beyond the traditional walls of healthcare institutions.

By working with the Health Board’s evolving needs, Siemens has demonstrated its flexibility to assist in the delivery of modern eHealth initiatives.

“The extension of electronic records from the operational division into the community sector will deliver greater process efficiencies and enhance our clinical governance processes,” said Dr Stella Clark, medical director for primary care and executive lead for eHealth at NHS Fife. “We operate as a single joined up health board so it makes sense that patient records are linked together across the whole organisation, regardless of location. Before, we would have to audit patients moving from the acute sector into rehabilitation or long-term care via disparate systems and paper trails. Now, we will have a single point of reference which will make tracking patient care a much simpler process.”

“NHS Fife is the first health organisation to embrace a truly joined up electronic patient record initiative across acute and community sectors,” said Paul Burdett, NHS IT account manager at Siemens Medical Solutions. “This is an exciting and forward thinking initiative that will deliver administrative, clinical and operational benefits to board management, clinical staff and enable improved patient care.”

The patient record extension will support the NHS Fife strategy of developing a cohesive and coordinated Health Board. Siemens Medical Solutions is working with IT specialist Capula Healthcare (CHL) in rolling out the Oasis PAS product. Siemens and CHL have a strategic IT relationship and already work together on eHealth projects at several sites.
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