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Liverpool NHS trust selected to join NHSX digital programme

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken another step forward in its digital journey, as it became one of a select few trusts chosen to join NHSX’s Digital Aspirant Plus (DA+) programme.

The DA+ programme aims to foster and stimulate innovation in electronic patient record (EPR) systems, with the trust receiving £250,000 in seeding funding from the programme’s EPR Accelerator Project.

This project sees NHSX partner with acute hospital trusts at an early stage of their digital transformation journey, with each member trust receiving central support to assist the with the procurement and implementation of a modern EPR solution.

These solutions will help trusts better meet the rapidly developing needs of the sector and make the most of digital technologies.

Liverpool University Hospitals is set to use the funding to implement a “modern, integrated and intuitive EPR system” referred to as Care Record Liverpool (CaRL).

The NHS foundation trust is responsible for a number of key hospital sites around the Liverpool area, including the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital and the Liverpool Dental Hospital.

The trust’s new secure digital EPR solution will replace legacy systems across all the sites and is designed to better support patients and staff, providing greater mobility and flexibility.

It will also bring to an end paper-based record keeping within the trust.

Dr Jason Bincalar, Chief Information Officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT, said: “We are thrilled that Liverpool University Hospitals has been selected to join NHSX’s Digital Aspirant Plus (DA+) programme. The Trust will implement a modern EPR solution, which is a great outcome for the citizens of Liverpool, Merseyside and beyond. This is a real game changer for us.

“A modern integrated electronic patient record will underpin how we deliver safe and effective care, enabling us to share our knowledge and experience with the patient and provider organisations.

“A fundamental objective of CaRL will be to provide a longitudinal patient record at the point of care, with slick workflows and decision support, underpinning the patient journey. It will consolidate and disseminate relevant patient information to and from our partner organisations within the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System, alongside supporting patient self-service and will become a shared record.

“A big thank you to our digital and clinical teams at the Trust for their hard work, and to colleagues at NHSX.”

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