Global digital exemplars, NHS
“We’re looking around what we can do to become a fast follower to one of the digital exemplars,” Graham Evans, Chief Information and Technology Officer at North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said last month

Graham Evans, Chief Information and Technology Officer at North Tees and Hartlepool, spoke at the Joined Up Health & Care conference

[Birmingham, UK] North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is set to put in an expression of interest to become a fast follower to one of the acute Global Digital Exemplars (GDE), Graham Evans, Chief Information and Technology Officer, said at the InterSystems Joined Up Health & Care conference last month, in Birmingham.

Unveiling progress made by the trust in terms of their digital agenda, Evans, who is also the Senior Risk Information Owner, said the NHS needs to move away from ‘paper heavy’ processes, although acknowledged this will also bring further cyber risks.

“My view is that paperless is taking it a step too far, very paper-lite, I think that would be useful,” he added, reinforcing that the health system is now feeling the pressure to transform and innovate through the use of digital services.

“I would suggest technology is not the only factor we need to consider,” he said, putting emphasis on the impact of people and processes to create a ‘real paradigm shift’, along with clinical leadership.

EPR deployment

Evans said that their InterSystems EPR implementation has not been a ‘textbook deployment’, but it has enabled the trust to make significant advances in their transformation plan.

In terms of next stages, Evans said that once the EPMA is fully deployed, that’s when the trust will start seeing ‘real benefits’.

He added: “We’re looking around at what we can do to become a fast follower to one of the digital exemplars (…).

“I was really gutted when North Tees and Hartlepool weren’t selected as a GDE, but now, you know, I can see how other organisations have become one of the 12 (now 16) and we’ve seen the recent announcement around the mental health trusts,” he stated.

If the trust will be able to obtain funding to support the fast follower programme, Evans said, then their transformation vision ‘will be realised a lot quicker’.

 

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