Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust deploying EPR to achieve digital ambitions

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is deploying an electronic patient record to help achieve its digital ambitions over the next 10 years.

The Trust will deploy an electronic patient record (EPR) by health IT provider Allscripts. The Trust will use Allscripts’ Sunrise clinical suite, which comprises order communications, test results, e-prescribing, clinical documents and will also deploy other Allscripts solutions across its A&E department and surgical theatres.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells believes that using the EPR will help it work closer with neighbouring Trusts, such as East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and Medway NHS Foundation Trust, both of which use software by Allscripts in some form.

Chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, Miles Scott, said: “My ambition for the trust is to deliver outstanding staff and patient experience. Sunrise will support that by giving clinicians the information they need to deliver excellent patient care.

“At the same time, investment in digital solutions will give us the data we need to respond to the demand and financial pressures we are facing.”

Clinicians in the Trust were involved in reviewing the clinical suite and stated they had been impressed by the way it captured and displayed data.

CCIO Jim MacDonald said: “At the moment, clinicians move between paper and IT systems to find the information they need. Having the right information, in the right place, at the right time, will enable us to improve our working processes and patient care.”

Steve Brain, vice president and UK managing director of Allscripts, said: “Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells’ decision to extend its relationship with Allscripts is a huge vote of confidence in us as a digitisation partner, and we look forward to working with them on a full breadth and depth EPR deployment.

“As organisations across Kent start to form an integrated care service, it is vital that the EPRs used by the areas main hospitals are open and interoperable and ready to share information with each other.

“Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells’ decision to select Sunrise puts the whole area in a much better position to move forward with this agenda, and we also look forward to supporting it on that journey.”

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:

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