West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust has awarded a three-year managed services contract to Siemens Nixdorf Health Solutions.
Under the contract, Siemens Nixdorf will integrate its OPENguide graphical user interface and Order Communications module with West Cumbria's existing IRC PAS patient administration system to provide ward staff with immediate on-line access to clinical information via Windows-based PCs.
West Cumbria said the replacement system will reduce paper-based documentation significantly and deliver test results more quickly for immediate diagnosis and treatment. Previously, clinical information about West Cumbria in-patients was phoned through from the wards to a central office.
Now, using Siemens Nixdorf's Order Communications module and OPENguide front-end, staff will have access to accurate, business-critical information and be able to use the same interface to transfer information such as X-ray results between departments more easily.
Peter Dixon, director of information services at West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust, said: "The new solution will enable us to unlock the benefits of our healthcare IT systems by providing an easy-to-use interface for clinical and non-IT staff to access relevant information, while the Order Communications capability will allow our departments to request services related to the clinical care of a patient, and will provide immediate access to clinical results, enabling staff to use this information in the planning and delivery of patient care."
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