Torbay and South Devon Basis Belief is ready to spend cash allotted as a part of the federal government’s ’40 new hospitals’ programme on shopping for a brand new digital affected person document.
The acute and group belief was considered one of 40 hospitals allotted funding underneath the federal government’s £3.7bn plan to construct 40 new hospitals by 2030.
However latest board papers reveal it has opted to fast-track its digital affected person document (EPR) forward of constructing infrastructure.
The paper references the trusts emergency division, which at present has 25 separate techniques in operation, highlighting the necessity for an EPR to realize “effectivity”.
The EPR would “lay the muse for well being care to be delivered throughout acute, group and psychological well being websites. It will guarantee the freshest affected person document was out there always and subsequently sufferers could be handled safely, on the proper time and in the correct place”, minutes from the board assembly said.
The funding allotted to the belief underneath the federal government’s new hospital programme was for a rebuild of Torbay Hospital, a brand new smaller acute hospital, an elective centre and a collaborative North East South elective centre.
All infrastructure could be “underpinned by an EPR system and know-how enabled care”, in accordance with a authorities assertion on Torbay and South Devon’s programme.
The belief’s lead on the federal government’s well being infrastructure plan, now referred to as the brand new hospital programme, stated he was there was “confidence” capital affordability for the EPR might be supported by the programme.
A spokesperson for the belief stated its present digital providers “doesn’t assist our folks or our providers adequately”.
“We’ve a possibility to progress our digital transformation which may have an actual demonstrable profit on bettering care supply and benefiting our folks’s working lives,” they stated.
“We recognise that the estates improvement will, by its very nature, take longer to ship. By means of implementation of an EPR first, we will obtain transformation of pathways for the advantage of sufferers upfront of the bodily infrastructure developments.
“This may also scale back the affect on our folks of two vital change programmes being delivered on the similar time.”
They added that “extra digital functionality” will assist employees and providers higher by way of redevelopment works. The EPR is anticipated to be able to roll out into new estates when they’re constructed.
A call on which provider will present the EPR is but to be made, they confirmed.
Neighbouring belief Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Basis Belief went dwell with a £42m EPR from Epic in October 2020.
The well being infrastructure plan was first launched in September 2019, promising a £2.8bn funding for six new hospitals to be constructed. Additional funding of £3.7bn was introduced in September 2020 for 40 new hospitals to be constructed.