University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is expecting to achieve significant cost and time savings by implementing a new gastroenterology system.
To meet new IBD quality standards as well as participate in the UK IBD registry and UK Biologics Audit, UHS required a system that would efficiently populate audit databases, and provide patients with more knowledge about their conditions to facilitate self-management.
Integrating clinical systems
EMIS Health worked with the UHS IBD team to develop a new integrated IBD solution. The trust uses several EMIS Health clinical systems, including patient administration system (PAS), unscheduled care, and specialised clinical modules. Clinicians have immediate access to all the investigations relevant to the patient including endoscopy, blood tests, histology, pathology and surgical history, without leaving the IBD system, in a meaningful format.
Facilitating supported self-management of care
A key objective was to improve patient self-management. Dr Fraser Cummings, consultant gastroenterologist and lead clinician for the project, said “there is a drive to improve patient knowledge about their conditions to help them self-manage their care. By enabling clinicians to record real-time data into one system, patients leave hospital fully informed about their conditions, which we hope will reduce health care resource utilisation in the future.”