1st Nov, 2020

New electronic record system will reduce Worcestershire hospital visits for eye patients

Ross Crawford 28th Jul, 2020

A NEW web based electronic patient record system in use across Worcestershire’s hospitals is reducing the need for eye patients to visit hospital for their procedures.

‘OpenEyes’ is a secure open source electronic patient record system that allows health professionals to share information electronically across health care providers across the county.

It enables clinical staff to record data in real-time, eliminating the use of paper.

The new system is also designed to be used in any ophthalmic setting across Worcestershire, meaning a patient’s information will be instantly available to authorised and authenticated users regardless of time and location.

Malcolm Woodcock, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “OpenEyes enables quicker, more effective sharing of information across Worcestershire, therefore improving patient safety and quality of care.

“It will enable more time efficient services, reduce the time required for administrative tasks, improve the patient experience and improve the quality and availability of information stored about a patient.”

Health trust chief executive Matthew Hopkins added: “This is yet another fantastic digital solution that has been implemented by our clinical and digital teams, that focuses on offering the best possible care to our patients.

“We would like to thank all our local health partners who have successfully worked together to get this system up and running.”

The software has been developed by a not-for-profit foundation run by UK NHS clinicians.

This is available free of charge under an open source licence to provide a cost-effective electronic patient record system for eye care and ensure that its development always prioritises what clinicians really need.

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