County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust deploys emergency care solution


Trust to roll out Ascribe\'s Symphony solution in emergency departments

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is to implement Ascribe’s Emergency Department and BI solutions in an effort to deliver improved patient safety.

The solution will initially be installed in the acute emergency departments at Durham University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital and will provide a single interface for clinically managing patients across the trust.

Using the latest integration technology in clinical information systems from Ascribe - the Health Application Platform - the emergency care solution, Symphony, will integrate with the trust’s existing Ascribe clinical systems, including the Ascribe CaMIS EPR. The solution will also enable the trust to go paperless across all its emergency care departments.

Symphony is locally configurable and allows real-time workflow monitoring against national standards, providing clinicians with an interface that tracks patients from their point of admission through to discharge. While capable of drawing on clinical and administrative patient data from multiple sources, including the Summary Care Record, the solution captures all clinical aspects of the patient journey and automates the generation of clinical reports.

The system includes patient triage and tracking, clinical orders, bed management, multidisciplinary progress notes and clinical documentation, and a business intelligence data reporting solution designed by Ascribe’s Consultancy team. It will deliver a fully electronic workflow for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff.

Andrew Izon, associate director of health informatics at the trust, said: “Ascribe’s emergency care system will ultimately replace three legacy clinical systems across all of our acute emergency care centres and unscheduled care admissions units. It will provide a single registration process and shared clinical emergency care database at County Durham & Darlington for the first time. This joined-up approach fits with the trust’s strategic goals, benefiting our patients and providing our clinicians with a market-leading and functionally-rich IT system that helps to reduce some of their administrative workload and allows more time to be spent with patients.”

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