City's hospitals receive £1.1m to transform monitoring of intensive care patients

NHSEngland150Clinicians and IT experts in Southampton have been awarded £1.1million by NHS England to help develop a new digital monitoring system for critically ill patients.

The Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards funding will cover half the total cost of a switch from paper to electronic records in all five intensive care units at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The critical care clinical information system will automate the collection of data from monitors and devices used to support patients receiving treatment for potentially life-threatening injuries and conditions.

At present, staff are still required to complete paper charts in general, cardiac, neurosciences and paediatric intensive care units at Southampton General Hospital and the neonatal intensive care unit at the Princess Anne Hospital.

“The implementation of the clinical information system will revolutionise the way our doctors and nurses collect, process and present patient information, resulting in improved patient care,” said Dr Mike Celinski, a consultant in general intensive care.

“Medical staff will no longer be required to transcribe data onto paper charts, which will remove the potential for errors, help us better manage large amounts of information and provide a valuable research database.”

The £500million Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund was launched by NHS England in May last year to facilitate progression from paper to digital records.

Adrian Byrne, director of information management and technology at UHS, added: “The £2.2million critical care clinical information system is key to our trustwide progression towards paperless healthcare and the associated patient safety benefits and we are very pleased to have received this funding.

“The project is an exciting step forward in the use of technology to improve patient outcomes and our IT and clinical teams are working closely together to have the clinical information system in place across all intensive care wards by the end of 2015.”

For any queries relating to the critical care clinical information system project, please contact Toby Cave, information management and technology project manager, on 023 8120 5930.

Posted on Tuesday 13 May 2014