Southampton Awarded £1.1m For Digital Monitoring System

May 22, 2014

The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded £1.1m to develop a new digital monitoring system for critically ill patients.

The money was awarded by the Safer Hospital, Safer Wards – now the Integrated Digital Care Fund - funding initiative, a £500m pot launched by NHS England last year to aid the digital transformation.

These finances are going to fund a switch from paper to electronic records in all five intensive care units at the Trust.

The new system will automate the collection of data from the devices and monitors used to support patients receiving treatment for injuries and conditions that are potentially life threatening.

“The implementation of the clinical information system will revolutionise the way our doctors and nurses collect, process and present patient information resulting in improved patient care,” claimed Dr Mike Celinski, a general intensive care consultant.

He added that currently, all staff complete paper charts in the general, cardiac, neurosciences, paediatric and neonatal intensive care units, but now this is going to change.

“Medical staff will no longer be required to transcribe data onto paper charts, which will remove the potential for errors, help us better manage large amounts of information and provide a valuable research database,” said Celinski.

“Key” In The Progression Towards Digital

A colleague also spoke of the benefits the funding would provide, calling the critical care information system a “key” driver in the progression towards paperless healthcare.

“The project is an exciting step forward in the use of technology to improve patient outcomes and our IT,” claimed Adrian Byrne, director of information management and technology at the Trust.

“Clinical teams are working closely together to have the clinical information system in place across all intensive care wards by the end of 2015,” he added.

Last year, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt challenged the NHS to go entirely paperless by 2018, opting for digital and electronic alternatives instead.

However, there is a growing concern that this target may not be achievable in the timeframe.




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