Horder Healthcare implementing electronic patient record in digital transformation plan

Thousands of patients in the South East of England are set to benefit from improved care, as healthcare charity Horder Healthcare gets ready to implement an electronic patient record (EPR).

The charity will deploy an EPR from software provider IMS Maxims in an attempt to meet the NHS’s targets of going paperless by 2020.

The use of an EPR will allow Horder Healthcare staff to share crucial clinical and administrative information across its five sites in the South East. By using an EPR the charity will aim to enhance the way it delivers specialist services, including orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, physiotherapy, maxillofacial, dental, as well as plastic and reconstructive, eye and hand surgery.

The EPR, known as Maxims, has already been implemented across various NHS hospitals. The 350 staff working for Horder Healthcare across the region will have real-time access to patient information wherever they are in the organisation.

The EPR will provide new work-flow efficiencies to simplify and speed up many core activities. The digital system will also help the charity make better informed clinical decisions and ease the patient experience as information follows patients across sites.

Andrew Bover, head of IM&T at Horder Healthcare, said: “Moving away from costly paper-based records is fundamental to delivering safer and better care and for better engagement with our patients. The Maxims EPR will give us a whole new platform to enable Horder’s transition into the digital healthcare era. We will now free up clinical time and increase accuracy of the information our professionals are accessing, by linking systems such as our medical imaging software to the EPR. This will remove the need for someone to manually type information into a separate system and reduce the chance of someone retrieving the wrong patient record at the point-of-care.”

IMS Maxims will implement its full suite of Maxims products, which gives additional functionality for patient billing and accounting services from IMS Maxims partner, CommonMS. The deal is a ten-year contract and involves IMS Maxims providing implementation, project management, transformational change management, configuration, data migration and maintenance.

Shane Tickell, CEO, IMS Maxims, said: “Horder Healthcare’s decision to choose Maxims further adds to the growing community of Maxims users within the independent sector and further strengthens the group’s commitment to continuous service improvement and quality customer service. The new system will ensure Horder Healthcare can meet the growing demands on its services in a safe and effective manner, but also future proofs the organisation’s proposition as it looks to expand its expertise to new geographical areas.”





Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via: reece.armstrong@rapidnews.com

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