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£50m to be invested in IT at East Sussex

27th September 2012

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is planning a £50m investment in IT.

Over the next few years, it will invest about £35m in strategic projects such as an electronic patient record system with a £16.5m replacement plan for its end-user devices.

Details of East Sussex’s IM&T strategy were revealed via an eHealth Insider freedom of information request.

The strategy has yet to be approved by the board but the programme will see £20m invested in clinical systems to deliver replacement secondary care and community and child health systems, including integrated electronic patient records, supported by a trust-wide clinical image store.

The strategy document states: “The patient’s complete care record will be held electronically, with the majority of it made up from information collected through the clinical process in dedicated clinical systems or in a single trust-wide integrated EPR system, depending on the chosen systems architecture.”

The trust is currently operating three PAS systems; an OASIS PAS used across the acute care environment; with PiMS (patient information management systems) and Clinicom used within community service areas.

But it is now expected to focus on taking a hybrid approach to meet its clinical systems requirements.

That will also see the implementation of full electronic prescribing across the organisation, which will integrate prescribing information into electronic discharge summaries for GPs.

East Sussex Healthcare is part of the Southern Acute Programme, which is hoping to secure central funding for investment in IT systems for 21 trusts that did not get systems from the national programme for IT in the NHS.

 

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