London & Belfast, January 17th, 2011 – Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has been so impressed with the impact of Evolve®, the unique clinician focused electronic document
management (EDM) and workflow solution from Kainos, that it has started to
extend the capabilities more broadly across the Trust.
Ipswich, which went live with its original Evolve EDM and workflow project a year ago, is now committed to rolling out additional eForms and electronic workflow
functionality more broadly across its operations.
Since deploying the original solution, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is processing all new patient registrations electronically, amounting to some 9,000 patients already. “This has exceeded all expectations,” comments Neil Turnbull, Head of Programme Delivery in the Information Management and Technology department at the Trust. “Every new patient is now created electronically, giving us substantial efficiencies, boosting the quality of patient care. eDischarge has also been particularly successful with GPs able to receive discharge summaries electronically within 12 hours. The plan now is to extend this to emergency care, to meet the PCT’s 24 hour target.”
The new developments will focus on propelling document processing triggered by electronic workflow and the use of eForms to reduce reliance on paper.
A critical contributor to the success of the project at Ipswich has been the way in which the Trust has engaged all staff, particularly at a clinical level according to Deirdre O’Neill, Head of the Evolve healthcare division at Kainos, “This has had a huge role to play, because people have a real sense of ownership of the new working practises. This buy-in is testament to strong two-way communications with both clinical and non clinical staff”
The latest release of the Kainos Evolve solution, version 2.1, went live at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in November, and has been very well accepted. “Our investment is really paying off,” says Neil.