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March 11, 2014

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust selects OpenText for enterprise information management

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, an NHS foundation trust based in London, UK, has selected OpenText to manage its scanned legacy case-notes as it moves towards a paperless future.

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Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, an NHS foundation trust based in London, UK, has selected OpenText to manage its scanned legacy case-notes as it moves towards a paperless future.

Royal Free London will utilise OpenText’s Content Suite to store, manage and make available digitised copies of the Royal Free’s paper care records.

OpenText’s Content Suite will also help to secure and manage all patient information and records including images and unstructured data across the trust.

It streamlines patient record access, reduces processing errors and enables compliance throughout the lifecycle of the patient record, according to the company.

The trust, which already operates a Cerner-based EHR system, will deploy and integrate OpenText’s information management platform with the system to ensure clinicians and doctors have a comprehensive view of their patients.

The trust believes that OpenText’s Content Suite will also provide the platform to enable it to digitise other paper-based corporate records and drive further efficiencies.

"Accurate and timely patient data is at the heart of delivering quality care and through our collaboration with OpenText we will ensure that it will be available to all front line care staff where and when it is required."

Royal Free director of information management and technology Will Smart said, "Accurate and timely patient data is at the heart of delivering quality care and through our collaboration with OpenText we will ensure that it will be available to all front line care staff where and when it is required."

With the Department of Health’s NHS Digital Health Strategy aiming to make the NHS paperless by 2018, a number of trusts have moved to adopt electronic health records, which has also opened to the door to a range of other cloud services.

OpenText UK regional vice president Mark Bridger said that keeping medical records accurate and immediately accessible will go a long way in improving patient care, and will help clinical staff do their jobs more efficiently and have the confidence to embrace digital opportunities as recommended in the NHS Digital Health Strategy.

"Because the Royal Free operates within such a complicated compliancy framework too, it means that delivering a set of Enterprise Content Management technologies that ticks all of the boxes is even more pivotal," Bridger added.

The Royal Free employs over 5,000 staff and provides IM&T services to the trust as well as to Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust. The Royal Free medical records library manages 700,000 patient case notes.


Image: Royal Free Hospital in London. Photo courtesy of Ryan4314.

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