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Luton & Dunstable advances innovative EPR project through the roll-out of Nervecentre EPMA

Luton & Dunstable University (L&D) have successfully implemented Nervecentre’s closed-loop Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration solution.

As part of an end-to-end integrated Electronic Patient Record programme that maximises patient safety and improves clinicians’ experience of using digital services, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital has rapidly deployed Nervecentre EPMA across all wards, including Maternity and Paediatrics at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

The Nervecentre EPMA system, which replaces an existing electronic system, now enables the Trust to provide closed loop e-prescribing using mobile barcode scanning of patient medication at the point of care. The solution interacts with real-time vital signs and pathology data to show optimum drug chart views and ensures safe prescription of medicines.

The EPMA solution forms part of a broader joint initiative between L&D and Nervecentre which already includes the successful deployment of Electronic Observations, Bed Management, Virtual Wards and Clinical Photography. Over the next six months, the digitalisation partnership will also include additional patient safety screening software such as Sepsis and AKI mobile solutions.

Josh Chandler, Chief Digital Information Officer, Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, explained  “The rollout of the Nervecentre EPMA solution to the L&D is another inspiring step forward in our EPR journey across Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust has always believed that good technology is an essential enabler of high-quality care, but our journey to a paper-free environment – HIMSS level 7 – requires us to strengthen clinical engagement to ensure we improve our clinical platforms in ways that are clinically relevant for front-line staff. The successful deployment of Nervecentre EPMA has seen instant improvements to patient safety, and feedback from clinicians’ has shown that the new EPMA solution has significantly increased usability and efficiency benefits to hospital staff.”

Paul Volkaerts, Founder and CEO, Nervecentre Software, said: “This is another exciting landmark in our partnership with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Nervecentre’s mobile EPMA tools allow hospital staff to capture and access data whenever they need to, wherever they are – empowering them with the best information to make accurate, reliable and timely decisions. The tools make e-prescribing part of a fully-integrated EPR, giving clinicians real-time visibility of data that can influence complex prescribing decisions; pathology results, vital signs, medical history, drug charts, current medications and contraindications.

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