CCube Solutions today announces that Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has won 'Best use of IT to support healthcare business efficiency' at the eHI Awards 2013 held in London last week.
The Trust has implemented an electronic document management system and portal from CCube Solutions to enable instant access to patient information, improve efficiency, and reduce the costs, security risks and space associated with paper handling and storage.
In addition, the system guarantees case note availability at the point of care, and provides the Trust a powerful tool to review its own performance. For example, a recent audit project involving 600 patients took just two weeks rather than six months to complete because notes were electronic.
Linda Davidson, director, eHI Insider, said, "Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has figured in the EHI Awards before, so some very good work is going on there. This year was no exception and it was clear that the document management system entered in the category to reward the Best use of IT to support healthcare business efficiency was first class and had been well evaluated."
E-Health Insider (eHI) is a key source of news, comment and analysis about healthcare IT in the UK. It runs an industry-leading portal, publishes newsletters and special reports, brings the e-health community together at EHI Live in Birmingham, and celebrates its successes at the annual EHI Awards in association with CGI.
Aintree is the first NHS Trust to successfully use forms recognition technology, including OCR, to automate the process of recognising pre-printed forms - which make up 95% of the paper file - when digitising records. This ensures contents are correctly indexed even if forms have been incorrectly filed in the physical records. This is in contrast to other Trusts where staff manually go through the paper files prior to scanning to check and order contents.
Most clinical searches in back records are quite specific. For example, to find a previous anaesthetic record of an operation some years before, the technology allows the clinician to find it by clicking on firstly 'forms', then 'anaesthesia', followed by 'anaesthetic record chart' and then lastly selecting the specific one by date.
The notes are always available to clinicians (no missing records at clinic) and accessible 24/7 including from offsite. The system is used by around 3,000 health professionals on a daily basis.
Professor Mike Pearson, consultant physician, says, "It's been hard work but now we've finished the project, we have a solution which is already saving the NHS money. The key innovation is the indexing so that data can be retrieved quickly and easily. This has defeated other projects in the past but we've managed to solve this working closely with our software partner, CCube Solutions. Our system is applicable to any hospital in the country and is a significant contribution to meeting the Government's target of hospitals being paper light. "
Aintree is also the first NHS Trust to successfully work with a third party - Capita Total Document Solutions - using a scan-on-demand approach to outsource the huge task of scanning its records library. Kodak i4000 and i5000 series production scanners and Capture Pro Network Edition imaging software have been used to do this has involved digitising around 282,000 patient files. This equates to some 45 million pages.