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Trust set to benefit from new electronic patient record system

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will become the second mental health trust in England to replace its existing patient management systems with Lorenzo.

The Trust has been successful in its bid to attract Department of Health funding to deploy the Lorenzo Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system across the Trust. This is a significant investment opportunity for the Trust and will enable further improvements to patient care and experience.

Moving to a single clinical system represents a hugely positive and significant change in practice for the Trust, particularly for clinicians in Norfolk and Waveney, where the Trust has yet to implement a complete electronic patient record.

Currently there are a number of different patient record systems used within the Trust’s 62 sites across Norfolk and Suffolk. In future, the single clinical system will bring together all the various pieces of information held about a patient, putting it directly at clinicians’ fingertips, ensuring they are better informed and more able to respond effectively to patients’ needs. It will see a significant shift away from paper-based records towards electronic records, helping to make them more secure and accessible while supporting the Government’s ambition for a ‘digital NHS by 2018’.

Acting Chief Executive Andrew Hopkins said: “The Lorenzo programme is very much about looking to the long-term future of the Trust and we are proud to be at the forefront of technological changes that will make such a positive difference to our patients and staff. Patient care and safety is and always will be at the heart of everything the Trust does, and moving to a single clinical system for secondary mental health reinforces this commitment.”

Work is now under way to ensure a phased deployment of the new system across the Trust with plans to go-live in 2015.