Global Digital Exemplar: University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

In September 2016, NHS England named 12 Trusts as Global Digital Exemplars. These Trusts, identified as the most advanced in their use of technology, will become world leaders in digital adoption and patient-centered care. The exemplars are tasked with developing sustainable digital transformation solutions that deliver measurable business value and can be replicated throughout the NHS.

University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is one of those 12 Global Digital Exemplars. UHS serves 1.9 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire. It works very closely with neigbouring mental health Trust, Southern Health, and community healthcare Trust Solent to provide an integrated delivery network, addressing the health needs of the local population.

Is your Trust a Global Digital Exemplar? It could be

UHS is a centre of excellence for training doctors, nurses and clinicians of the future. It has a history of technological innovations as witnessed by the numerous honours awarded to the Trust – the Global Digital Exemplars being just one.

The Trust also has a relentless focus on improving quality across all services, which is reflected in its high ratings for patient and staff satisfaction.

UHS is also on track to be paperless by 2020, thanks to the vision and direction of its leadership team. Today, as other Trusts evaluate wholesale replacement of clinical systems with a single EPR, UHS has used the best-of-breed approach to achieve digitisation of the patient record. Adrian Byrne, director of IM&T at UHS, understands there are pros and cons to this incremental approach, as he wrote in a Digital Health blog post.

In 2015, UHS selected OnBase by Hyland as the latest element of the Trust’s electronic medical record strategy, which is set to provide immediate access to health records. OnBase provides an enterprise content management platform that communicates with the Trust’s various clinical systems to enable a single view of patient information to the provider.

Additionally, UHS is leading the effort to deploy this solution on mobile devices throughout the Trust, empowering caregivers with instant access to the information they need, whenever or wherever they need it.

During this year’s UK eHealth Week conference, you will hear updates from Byrne and his team about their journey to go paperless and how their OnBase healthcare software solution is helping them achieve their goal of quality patient care. Please engage with UHS leaders as they discuss their exemplary journey. Hear what they hope to achieve, and how they plan to share their best practices with other NHS Trusts.

And then, become your own centre of excellence.

Cathy Fuhrman

Cathy Fuhrman has over 25 years of healthcare experience in both operations and information technology. Cathy is the industry manager of International Healthcare for Hyland, creator of OnBase. Prior to joining Hyland, Cathy spent 12 years with Sharp HealthCare, an integrated delivery network of 6 hospitals, 2 medical groups and a health plan. She's deployed and managed OnBase as the enterprise information platform system supporting over 2,200 physicians and some 16,000 employees. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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