Dorset County Hospital have contracted with Fortrus for the delivery of a Digital Patient Record which will provide users with a single view of a patient’s clinical information.
Fortrus’s Unity solution will provide a single point of access to multiple clinical information systems that exist within the Trust currently as well as digitised records originating from paper and to new dynamic eforms. Access will be from both desktops and mobile devices. The Fortrus approach to solutions design engages clinicians in the design and deployment process from day-one. This ensures adoption by the user communities as they work with Fortrus to design data entry screens to meet their day to day needs, aligned to new business processes.
Our approach is to place the user at the centre of the design and development process to ensure their needs are met first and foremost. This includes developing a detailed picture of clinical processes and the situations in which users need to access a patient’s clinical information at the point of care. This process is iterative in that it is undertaken throughout the user interface design, development, implementation and eventual deployment of the solution in the clinical environment. The result is a system that users want to use, rather than have to use.
The use of eForms will allow clinicians to enter patient information electronically and will gradually replace the recording of information on paper. The eForms will have an embedded workflow functionality which will enable tasks and actions to be recorded with associated prompts and reminders across all disciplines and specialties.
The scanning of medical records is a particularly complex process that will require careful analysis and preparation, therefore we will be developing a comprehensive scanning strategy with Dorset County Hospital over the coming months to ensure that we have an effective implementation in Spring 2017.
During the second year of the project it is anticipated that more advanced features will be developed, including integration with external partners such as support for the Dorset Acute Vanguard initiative and increased integrated working across West Dorset and Mid Dorset.
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Unity emerged from research conducted with over 800 senior clinicians across multiple organisations. The findings of this research identified three key challenges when working in an data-intensive environment.
- 1) Fragmented computer systems and databases
- 2) Delays in gaining access to critical information.
- 3) Increasing pressures to find efficiencies.
Unity solves these problems by acting as a control layer, that whilst able to draw from multiple complex databases, means that we can develop flexible and bespoke user interfaces for minimal cost. The result is a software solution that suites the specific data-intensive needs of your organisation.