Meditech go-live delayed31st October 2011
Rotherham NHS Foundation trust has confirmed it does not have a set day in place for its electronic patient record system to go live.
In its original plan, the trust was scheduled to go live in the spring of 2010 with the Meditech designed EPR it purchased in 2009.
However, the launch was rescheduled for 2011 and has now been rescheduled again, but this time without a firm date.
The trust said the Department of Health's use of SNOWMED CT terminology was the reason behind the delays.
SNOWMED CT is a group of numerical codes and text which have been adopted by the NHS as the standard medical terminology.
The Department of Health said the codes are expected to be in full use throughout the health service by 2015.
The trust said in a statement: "Due to the complexities and dependencies involved, the launch of the trust’s EPR system remains subject to regular go/no go decision points... during [the August] review the trust decided to take the approach of announcing a ‘go-live when ready.'"
It continued: "Our absolute priority is making sure our new EPR system is fit for purpose and meets the requirements of the Trust to enable us to deliver excellent patient care. This decision [to delay going live] reinforces our commitment to deliver an innovative system which we believe will revolutionise the quality and safety of care we offer patients."
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