New IT systems helping London mental health trusts23rd October 2008
Almost two thirds of the mental health trusts in London are now using new IT systems.
Six mental health trusts in the capital have new computerised patient record systems, delivered as part of a London-wide NHS IT upgrade.
They were installed by BT as local service provider for London, working together with NHS London and will form the basis for the NHS care records service.
The integrated electronic patient records system will eventually allow NHS staff to access patient records by linking with other hospitals and NHS and social care organisations in London and across the country.
Oxleas mental health trust serves three London boroughs with a population of one million and was one of the first to make a major switch to electronic records.
Consultant psychiatrist and clinical director at Oxleas foundation trust Dr Hashim Reza said: "The London mental healthcare community now has a computerised patient record system that is as good as any in the world.
"It is helping clinicians to provide the best care to our patients by giving them the information they need at their fingertips, when and where they need it."
He said that patients will benefit, and that it was also "heartening" to see that the advances were being seen in the mental health sector, which is so often the last to see such innovation.
Similar systems have been installed in mental health trusts in North East London; West London; South West London and St George's; East London and the City; and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
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Title: New IT systems helping London mental health trusts
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8874
Date Added: 23rd Oct 2008