EPR is more than a computer system, it's a way of harnessing information so patients get top quality care.

About EPR

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust are introducing EPR (Electronic Patient Records)

More than a computer system, EPR will transform the way everyone at both Trusts works, making sense of busy, complex health services, analysing information in clever ways and helping to manage many every-day tasks.

This system will not only help to treat patients more effectively by giving healthcare staff easier access to up-to-date information, it will also use this information to improve care, and give healthcare staff the tools needed to be safer and more efficient.

It would be  easy to think of EPR as  simply a computer system that takes paper-based health records and stores them digitally.  In reality, EPR will bring about a step-change in how healthcare staff work.  

Computers are used to store all kinds of information about us, from our bank details to our online shopping and now the NHS is joining the information revolution, harnessing its power to help us deliver safer, more efficient services.  

Health services care for many thousands of patients every day, with different and complex health conditions. Having up to date, accurate information, available to everyone, whenever they need it helps us to offer the best care we can and ensure that patients get the treatment they need.  

EPR goes beyond being a system for storing information.  When patient records are stored on paper,  the information can only be understood and analysed by  staff reading through all of it every time they see a patient.  EPR is capable of taking this information and applying the knowledge, intelligence and experience of a much wider network.  This means the system is capable of suggesting plans of care, supporting clinical decision-making and acting as a double-check.

In addition to this, it can be a valuable tool in managing the wider healthcare system.  EPR can help to manage the flow of patients through our hospitals, helping them respond to increases in demand by identifying where beds are available (or where they might be available tomorrow) and offering insights into how  services are used and where they could be more efficient.   By drawing on best practice from across the NHS and beyond, EPR could give everyone working in local health services the tools they need to deliver safer, more efficient care.

The EPR system chosen by  both trusts is called ‘Millennium’ and is supplied by US software supplier Cerner. This system is already used by thousands of healthcare organisations around the world, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Healthcare NHS Trust and St George’s NHS Foundation Trust.

News

EPR is being introduced at Bradford Teaching Hospitals from the evening of Friday 22 September and it may take staff a little time to get used to the new system. If you're coming to the hospital in the next few weeks read on....

EPR supports you and your team!

Message pools allow teams to work together collaboratively to improve our patient's experience.

Keep track of medical records

EPR is now your primary reference for a patient’s medical history and case notes – however, historic paper medical records are still be needed for reference, whilst EPR becomes more comprehensive.

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Our 'How To' guides make EPR work harder for you

Over the past few weeks, Dr Paul Southern has been running daily masterclasses, helping staff get to grips with EPR. Based on the questions and common themes, he's produced a series of 'How to' guides.

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Check your login details in EPR

From the 4th September, the EPR Team will be holding daily drop-in sessions in BRI Old Canteen for all staff to check that they will have the correct access to EPR. An additional event at St Luke's has also been organised. Read More

Bradford staff are loving EPR training

Staff at BTHFT have been attending their EPR end-user training in their thousands.... and the great news is, that people are loving it! Read More

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