Electronic Patient Record

An electronic patient record is a system of managing clinical information, to make it easily available for use by doctors, nurses, allied healthcare professionals and patients.

The planned three Acute Trust (NNUH, JPUH and QEH) integrated Electronic Patient Record (EPR) programme is a flagship project for our hospitals and will support organisation-wide transformation of how we work and deliver care.

Some of the aims of the EPR include:

  • Safer care for patients because electronic notes are always available to all clinicians
  • Reduction in the number of times you need to log into different systems
  • Reduction of the reliance on slow paper processes, and risks of lost or misplaced documents
  • Support for more flexible and collaborative ways of working
  • Making information available for clinical decision-making, quality improvement, and research purposes
  • Improve operational performance, and putting our patients at the centre of our care.

Your EPR programme team, consisting of doctors, nurses, managers, and digital health colleagues, have been busy working in the background to develop the business case for the large investment required.

The first stage, the Strategic Outline Case, has now been approved by NHS England and is due to be signed off by central government shortly. Together with wider representation for across our hospitals, we can now start to realise our shared vision, to bring the EPR programme to life within our organisations.

Most NHS hospitals have, or are working on, an EPR to help them face the demands of 21st century healthcare. This is a really exciting time for our three organisations and we’re now looking to take this forward.

You can find out more about the EPR programme, including a short explanatory video, by visiting our dedicated webpage on the N&W ICS website.

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