Feeds

London NHS trusts: Let's BORG up our patient data

Academic merger vastness will be good for research – King's College and pals

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Three NHS foundation trusts have published proposals (PDF) to merge into a single organisation, with intentions including making better use of IT and creating shared platforms, such as a shared electronic patient record.

In their strategic outline case, the three trusts - Guy's and St Thomas', King's College hospital, and South London and Maudsley - say that introducing shared platforms across a single merged organisation offers a range of benefits. According to the trusts, they include lowering the risk of medical error, reducing outpatient appointment times, and improving patient experience by avoiding asking people to repeat basic information.

But a spokeswoman for the trusts said that no firm decision had been taken about how the management of ICT would be structured in the proposed single organisation.

The merged organisation would be closely integrated with King's College London, with the intention of bringing together "academic and clinical services in specialties".

"Leveraging our scale, we will seek to establish a larger number of patient trials addressing the health issues that matter to our local population," the document says.

"We will do this in partnership with others through the Academic Health Science Network we hope to develop across south London."

The document says the integrated organisation could "improve access to, and data about, the vast patient population served by the three healthcare providers, by developing a shared electronic record that is accessible to research". It would build on existing models like the Clinical Record Interactive Search.

ICT facilities boost

In addition, the intention is that the single trust would be able to offer better ICT facilities to make it easy for staff to work across locations.

If NHS regulators approve the strategic outline case, a full business case for the proposal could be published in the autumn, with the merger taking place in 2014.

The new organisation would have a turnover of some £2.6bn and employ 29,000 staff.

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, executive director of academic health sciences centre King's Health Partners said: "The new organisation would mean better care for our patients, a faster translation of research into treatments and an integration of mental and physical health rarely seen elsewhere.

"It would give us the opportunity to create a world leading institution, capable of attracting the best clinicians, that our patients, communities and staff can be proud of."

This article was originally published at Government Computing.

Government Computing covers the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. For updates on public sector IT, join the Government Computing Network here.

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.