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Pennine goes live with iSoft ePMA

25th November 2011

The first trust in the UK has gone live with i-Soft's electronic prescribing system in its elderly rehabilitation ward.

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Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust was an "early adopter" in testing the CSC company's system last year and began work on implementing it in April 2011.

The system is in place at the elderly ward of The Royal Oldham Hospital with the aim of rolling it out on a wider level after the "proof of concept phase".

The Information Technology team is expected to compile a report for the trust board in April next year with the data from the proof of concept and will look at getting the green light for a wider roll out. 

The trust’s associate director of IM&T, Christine Walters, spoke to eHealth Insider and said the launch was carried out "extremely well" and staff were happy using the system.

“One of the pharmacists has said that he thinks that this is the best system he has seen on the marketplace... and the nurses love it.”

Walters said the trust had proceeded cautiously at first: "We’ve taken our time because this is a system that, if it’s not working, can do real harm to patients. It’s not something you can just get in and do quickly."

Ms Walters said the trust’s planned to "keep building on the relationship" it had with iSoft.

The ePMA system has also been launched at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Stockport NHS Foundation trust is expected to be live by February 2011.

 

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