Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s electronic patient records (EPR) system, which cost GBP 21 million and only went live last year, is to be scrapped following a ‘catalogue of failure.’
The Trust abandoned the National Programme for IT (NpfIT) electronic patient records system in 2009 and procured the Meditech 6.0 system from Medical Information Technology instead in a bid to save cash. However, the system went live two years late and encountered a ream of problems including: difficulties with booking patient appointments, a lack of consultation with clinical staff leading to staff reverting to the previous EPR system, and complaints regarding the level of data input that was required.
According to a draft informatics strategy report released last week, “Clinicians weren’t involved in the testing and so, at go-live, the full impact of EPR use on clinical efficiency and throughput added to the problems. Lack of clinical engagement during the implementation process has left a significant legacy of distrust and negativity towards ‘the product’ as opposed to ‘the vision’.”
The Trust is now looking to implement a new best-of-breed approach. While a number of departments will retain Meditech software, the level of usage will be dropped.
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