Cerner’s Millennium solutions have been used across the NHS since 2001
[London, UK] The Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) functionality will be integrated into the Cerner Milennium EPR for UK clients starting from January next year.
The CP-IS scheme connects IT systems of local authorities and the NHS so that information can be securely shared in order to protect vulnerable children.
As the project is currently being rolled out across the country, the CP-IS team is said to be supporting NHS suppliers in their efforts to develop and incorporate the functionality into their solutions.
“We help suppliers to identify an appropriate 'first of type site' for their first 'go live'. And we work with that site to ensure they have successfully completed all of the actions required to 'go live' and make good use of the new functionality,” NHS Digital’s website reveals.
UK an ‘area of strength’ for Cerner
Cerner Millennium solutions have been used across the NHS since 2001 and the company has signed EPR contracts with 22 NHS trusts, with seven organisations included in the Global Digital Exemplar scheme.
A spokesperson for the company told BJ-HC:
"Cerner is developing a solution to integrate with the national Child Protection - Information Sharing service, we are also currently certifying the solution with NHS Digital under the NHS Digital Common Assurance Process.
“We support NHS Digital efforts to improve younger patients’ health outcomes and safety. We believe that this new functionality will help ensure that the most vulnerable children can be identified quickly and safely, so healthcare professionals and social workers can take the appropriate action in the most efficient manner.”
In its latest board papers, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a Global Digital Exemplar and Cerner site, confirmed the functionality would become available in January 2018.
“We have a project plan which will see delivery of this in January 2018,” a spokesperson for the trust told BJ-HC.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Cerner’s second quarter earnings for 2017 reached an all-time high ($1.6bn – approx. £1.2bn), with the UK being referred to as an ‘area of strength’ for bookings.