Herndon, VA—Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Lancashire, UK) expanded implementation of Harris Healthcare’s QCPR clinical health documentation solution to include QCPR’s Integrated Medication Management (known as EPMA, Electronic Prescribing Medication Administration in the U.K.). Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (LTH) is now fully relying on the Harris Healthcare Electronic Health Record (EHR) QCPR as their enterprise-wide system of record. In addition, patient monitoring data from vital signs monitors is now automatically transferred to the EHR including the calculation and tracking of the National Early Warning Score.
Harris Healthcare’s QCPR integrates all aspects of patient care into a single, confidential, computer-based patient record, reducing errors and improving work flow processes throughout the organisation. The Integrated Medication Management module within QCPR improves patient safety, provider efficiency, and cost-containment by streamlining the entire medication delivery process. Dynamic clinical decision support and a robust drug knowledge vendor reference software help prevent errors and adverse medication events by providing checks and critical information to ensure the appropriateness of medications ordered.
Harris Healthcare also integrated LTHs’ patient monitoring solution (Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd) with the patient’s EHR enabling real-time upload of the patient’s vital signs into the record. The data captured is used to calculate the National Early Warning Score whiteboard report to assess and respond to acute illnesses, as recommended by the Royal College of Physicians. Automatic input of this critical data into the patient’s health record eliminates data transcription errors and enhances LTHs’ reporting capabilities.
LTHs’ Chief Clinical Information Officer, Nick Wood, said, “We have had a great collaboration with Harris Healthcare’s clinical and technical teams to examine and evaluate our hospital workflow processes so that we not only improve the patient care experience, but streamline our clinical practices. By eliminating manual entries, our nurses can spend more quality time with patients and are made aware of critical changes in the patient’s status. The early warning score data will allow LTHs’ Critical Care Unit outreach team to be alerted and subsequently tend to patients’ urgent needs faster.”
With these enhancements, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one step closer to achieving their vision of a completely paperless documentation system by 2020. Executive Vice President for Harris Healthcare Clinical Solutions, Santina Allen, said, “It’s our honor to work with Lancashire and ensure staff continue to see real results from the QCPR enterprise-wide solution.” A case study providing more detail on the Harris Healthcare solution at LTH is available on the company’s website.
About Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and highest performing National Health Service trusts in the United Kingdom. General services are provided to 370,000 people in Preston and Chorley, and specialty care to 1.5M people across the Lancashire and South Cumbria regions. Royal Preston Hospital has 1,000 beds across two hospital sites and provides a full range of clinical and emergency services, as well as several regional specialty services including cancer, neurosurgery, vascular surgery and specialist rehabilitation. It is also the major trauma center for Lancashire and South Cumbria with a 34-bed critical care unit. lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk
About Harris Healthcare
With a 30-year history as a healthcare IT provider, Harris Healthcare delivers a fully-integrated solution set to hospitals and clinics throughout North America, Europe and the Persian Gulf. We streamline processes, increase productivity and drive positive clinical outcomes. Harris Healthcare includes 900 professionals who support clients at more than 1,200 healthcare facilities. For more detail, please visit our website: harrishealthcare.com.