Information Management In Public Services

Welsh health board goes for paperless records

Government Computing Published 11 October 2012

Aneurin Bevan is first Welsh health board to implement electronic document and records management

 

Aneurin Bevan health board in south Wales has said that it is replacing its paper documents and records with an electronic system.

Steven Harding, assistant director of informatics at the board, said: "We are looking to create ready electronic access to patient records. This will reduce the costs and risks currently associated with securely managing and storing our paper health records."

Aneurin Bevan health board, named after the Labour health minister who founded the NHS, has signed a contract with CCube Solutions to supply the new system.

A spokesman for the company said that this will be the first implementation of its software in Wales, but that it is a supplier of e-records to NHS trusts in England, including Aintree university hospitals, St Helens and Knowsley, Addenbrookes and Milton Keynes.

Harding said the system will be integrated into the board's current clinical information systems, and that this has significant potential to improve clinical support processes and patient care.

"We will increase the accessibility of the patient record for staff, making information available at the click of a mouse which reduces the time spent in clinics and wards locating crucial information," he added.

The system will interface with the Myrddin PAS and the national Master Patient Index, a system intended to make it easier to ensure patients are correctly identified and minimise the number of duplicate health records.

Wales' Health Records Service will administer the system, and the installation will be made on a new infrastructure and cabling scheme.

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