Southern Acute Programme – EDMS Procurement

The idea of an expensive and large transformational project to pursue a fully paperless NHS hospital has been seen as a major challenge by many trusts. Some success was seen with the Royal Free in London, for example, but very few have delivered this at the enterprise-wide scale necessary.

One exception was a collective of three trusts that came together under the Southern Acute Programme, a Health and Social Care Information Centre sponsored initiative that actually provided government money to completely fund supplier costs for the first four years of the delivery programme.

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Hospital Trust, the latter two of which have since merged to create Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, took advantage of the money on offer, each receiving £3.5m from the Department of Health. They came together under the programme to procure their own electronic document management system (EDM), with the aim of becoming paperless.

The result is that the trusts are now on track to achieve net present value savings of nearly £30m over the next 10 years by moving to digital clinical records for their 1.25 million patients and allowing their 10,000 staff mobile access to patient information. Trust-wide deployment is expected in 18 months and near zero paper within four years. These estimates are very conservative and were built using the Department of Health’s own business case models, with full account taken of retained risks for the NHS, trust-side execution costs and the time value of money.

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