Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s IT Transformation

The UK’s largest NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, has announced the final details of its ‘Transformation through Technology’ programme as it looks to realise the targets set by NHS England.

The programme involves implementing a digital health record through three major IT systems: a clinical portal, an electronic document management system and an electronic patient record with managed services provider ANS Group chosen as one of the technology partners with its FlexPod solution.

The Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s busiest and most successful Trusts running five hospitals in northern England, employing 15,000 staff and providing over a million appointments and operations every year.

The programme has been led by the Trust’s Medical Director, Dr David Throssell and supported by the Director of Informatics, Tracey Scotter who explained, “This is not an IT project – it is about maintaining patient safety and improving our efficiency by taking advantage of what technology can now offer.”

Tracey went onto say, “As a Trust we have yet to fully embrace technology; for example, we had a number of paper libraries of medical records across our estate which meant that one patient could have files in several locations and clinicians were not always able to access a complete picture of a patient.”

NHS England announced in June ambitious plans to transform NHS services and improve health outcomes using technology and data with targets including: giving patients full access to their full medical records online, offering free wi-fi across its estate and increasing the use of wearable technology to monitor patients.

The Transformation Through Technology programme puts patients’ safety at the forefront and means clinicians can securely access patient data in real time from any location, with a full picture of patient medical history. The changes mean that we can reduce excess length of stay, reduce unneeded variation in care, increase efficiency, help to avoid adverse events and enable better outcomes for our patients. Tracey Scotter, CIO, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • FlexPod is the integrated computing, networking and storage solution developed as a collaboration between Cisco, NetApp and VMware.
  • The FlexPod infrastructure supports the local components of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals - Transformation Through Technology programme.
  • The FlexPod infrastructure will be hosted on-site and is completely scalable. allowing the trust the flexibility to scale the technology in line with demand.
  • This will allow the trust the flexibility to scale the technology in line with demand.
  • As part of the Enhanced Managed Services offering, ANS will monitor the infrastructure 24x7.
  • ANS will monitor to ensure it performs for their applications.
  • The introduction of the clinical portal will have the ability to pull data from the existing 280 computer systems into a bespoke clinical view.
  • The clinical portal will also deliver a single sign-on solution.
  • The electronic document management system will digitise the current paper records and release physical space.
  • This will save money in staffing and printing costs and give 24/7 access to patient records and improve patient safety.
  • The electronic patient record will deliver standardised processes and clinical documentation.
  • Improved A&E performance and electronic prescribing.
  • This will bring a reduction in hospital running costs, provide real-time bed management.
  • Over 2,000 beds are currently managed on paper and real-time performance data.
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has been a trailblazer in so many areas thanks to the innovation and dedication of its staff.
  • The Trust now has the technology in place to deliver even more innovations in medical science.

Features and Benefits

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is realising its ambition to become a truly paperless organisation making cost savings across the board with reductions in administration, printing, storage space and estate costs.  More importantly the Trust now has the technology to deliver better patient care and enable collaborative working across multiple sites.

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