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St George’s becomes largest UK hospital to receive HIMSS digital maturity award


1 July, 2015  

St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London has become the second and largest trust in the UK to be validated at Stage 6 of the international acute Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). 

The Trust, which has more than 1000 beds and serves a population of two million people, is the first site to be accredited following an onsite visit by HIMSS inspectors.

During the inspection, the trust demonstrated examples of best practice by highlighting the speed and uptake of its Cerner Millennium product since it went live in 2012. The centralised Electronic Patient Record (EPR) system now has more than 5500 users including nurses, consultants, doctors in training and administrative staff.

The EPR system delivers electronic ordering and resulting for pathology and radiology, medical documentation and nursing assessments. In addition, clinical decision support ensures that clinical staff are guided in their decision making in order to deliver the safest and highest quality patient care.

Martin Gray, Chief Clinical Information Officer at St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “As CCIO, I am extremely proud of our achievements as a trust at being recognised as being in an elite group of digitally mature healthcare systems in the UK. For the staff of the hospital it is extremely rewarding to be recognised for all their efforts and the challenges they have had to go through in the transition from being a paper based organisation to one that is working towards being electronic and automated.

Staff are releasing time to spend with patients with automated workflows and biomedical device integration and patients are safer and spending less time waiting for transitions in care.

St George’s is also the first trust in the country to demonstrate a closed loop medication administration capability, including electronic prescribing with technology-assisted identification of both patient and medication. In tandem with an electronic documentation management system to digitise all the remaining paper, the trust is now paper-lite and on its way to achieve a paperless organisation by 2018.

John Jo Campbell, Chief Information Officer at St George’s added: “This accreditation reflects an extended period of hard work by all the teams in St George’s and whilst we still have a long way to go we should all feel proud of what we have achieved to date.

EMRAM has been developed to measure the progress and the cumulative capabilities of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems within hospitals. Hospitals that reach Stage 6 (on a scale of 0–7) have established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and recognising the importance of healthcare IT.

John Rayner, Director of Professional Development, HIMSS UK, added: “St George’s joins an elite group of hospitals across Europe in receiving an EMRAM Stage 6 award. The scale of the organisation’s ambition over the next two years to meet its ongoing commitment to reduce paper within the trust and provide better, safer, more efficient care for its patients is truly commendable and we wish them every success in their next steps.” The award will be presented to representatives from the Trust at the HIMSS-UK Executive Leadership Summit being held in London on the 30th June by HIMSS CEO and President Steve Lieber.