Blackpool trust opts for open source

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has selected an open source electronic patient record (EPR) to improve the recording and sharing of patient data across its hospital and community sites.

The open source approach is expected to save the trust several million pounds in licence fees and future development costs, while also providing more control on how the software is developed in line with the hospital’s needs.


Pioneering implementation

Implementation started in December 2015 and once rolled out, Blackpool will become the third NHS trust to deploy the IMS MAXIMS open source EPR.

The new EPR will allow over 3,000 clinical staff to share a single digital patient record across its 830-bed hospital sites, supporting the trust’s drive towards being paperless by 2020 and introducing workflow efficiencies across all departments.


60% reduction in costs

“We expect the open source approach to cost at least 60% less, compared to a traditional proprietary route,” explained Steven Bloor, chief information officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

“The trust is a big supporter of the move towards open source within the NHS and always considers open source options first when procuring IT.

“We want to not only gain more efficient patient care by using the most advanced EPR available but at the same time, achieve value for money through an open and collaborative roadmap for ongoing software development.”

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