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New Electronic Patient Record system launching at UHCW NHS Trust

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust is preparing to press the green button on its largest ever transformation by launching its Electronic Patient Record system on the 15th of June.

The Electronic Patient Record system, also known as EPR, will digitise the way the Trust provides patient care through a new suite of digital tools and technologies, replacing all paper-based notes and combining all current digital systems into one place. The system is based on Oracle Health Electronic Health Record technology.

For patients, EPR will mean they will experience a smoother care journey. They will no longer need to repeat the same information to different clinicians because their records will be accurately recorded in one single system which will be accessible instantly to all healthcare professionals at the Trust at the click of a button.

Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive of UHCW NHS Trust, said: “We have been working extremely hard to develop and refine our new EPR system and we’re delighted to now be entering the final stages before we launch it.

“EPR will make us much more efficient by providing a single Trust-wide hospital record for every one of our patients. It will streamline the hundreds of different systems across all departments and services into one, so that all healthcare professionals working in the Trust can quickly access up-to-date, reliable and consistent information.

“Having all patient information held in one place will greatly improve the patient experience at UHCW. It will save our staff time by freeing them up from administrative tasks and duplicating information on paper to focus on what matters the most - delivering high quality, face-to-face patient care. It will also improve our ability to share information with other care providers and enable us to start the most appropriate treatment for our patients sooner.”

Alongside these improvements, EPR will also help to improve patient safety through automated alerts and checks built into the system. Patient discharge processes will benefit as departments such as inpatient wards and pharmacy will be linked so that medicines will be available as soon as patients are ready to return home.

A frequently asked questions document for our new EPR system is available here.

We will continue to share further updates on the launch of our new EPR as they become available.

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