With business cases approaching approval, three Liverpool trusts are set to begin deploying InterSystems’ TrakCare EPR
[Liverpool, UK] Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are ready to begin the deployment, subject to contractual obligations, of InterSystems’ TrakCare EPR.
Speaking at the InterSystems Joined-Up Health & Care conference last week, David Walliker, CIO at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen and Liverpool Women’s hospital trusts, said the implementation of the EPR will become a ‘fundamental game-changer’.
“We’re really quite excited about our InterSystems deployment because that’s 76 improvements that we make, 76 clinical systems that will turned off, and a single patient system covering 70% of adult activity in Liverpool.
“We need to persuade the others to come on and join us,” Walliker added.
Global Digital Exemplars funding
BJ-HC visited the Royal Liverpool trust, a Global Digital Exemplar, in April this year, although the EPR business case had not yet been approved by NHS Improvement at the time.
Walliker told delegates the trust has now received the first tranche of funding as part of the GDE scheme for the delivery of key workstreams, adding: “Our finance director was delighted,” he added.
As part of the acute programme, 17 of England’s most digitally mature trusts are expected to receive a total of £10m in funding that they will then have to match.
Peter Knight, Chief Information and Digital Officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, another GDE, told BJ-HC the OUH trust has now received approval to ‘draw down the funding’.
However, other GDEs have told BJ-HC they remain sceptical in regards to GDE funding.
At the end of March, NHS England published the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View document, which revealed funding for the programme was still subject to ‘HM Treasury capital approval’.
However, it was reported that by April the Treasury had approved funding for GDEs, although no further information in regards to when the money would be released was announced.