Sussex NHS Trust signs electronic patient record deal with ACS

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a contract to Advanced Computer Systems for its electronic patient management system ‘Carenotes’.

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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a contract to Advanced Computer Software (ACS) for its electronic patient management system ‘Carenotes’.

The new system will make the Trust’s data available in real time and allow clinicians to update and review records via mobile devices.

Dr. Kay Macdonald, Clinical Academic Director, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “Clinical staff have been closely involved in selecting the patient information system, which is both of high quality and cost-effective. Carenotes is robust, innovative, and flexible enough to meet the demands of the different types of services we provide.” 

Patients will eventually be able to access their own care records online, ACS said.

Managers can use the data to ensure processes are efficient and safe, and commissioners will be able to use service activity information to inform their decisions.

The system will interface ‘seamlessly’ with the Summary Care Record and the Trust’s legacy systems and will manage the records of more than 100,000 patients across Sussex, Kent, South London and Hampshire.

It will be used by 5,000 staff across the Trust, which is one of the biggest mental health trusts in the UK, and is due to be rolled out over the next two years.

In addition to mental health services, the Trust provides learning disability, substance misuse and prison healthcare services.

The contract will run for five years with an option to be extended to 10 years in total. According to the Trust it is part of its wider IT modernisation strategy.

Dr. Kay Macdonald, Clinical Academic Director, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our partnership with Advanced Health & Care is a significant step forward for the Trust which will improve our healthcare delivery. The new system will securely capture relevant data given to us by service users and the staff who are caring for them."

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