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County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust selects Civicas electronic document management technology to take next

step towards being paperless


Partnership will improve patient care, communication amongst different healthcare teams and provide significant savings over the next ten years 4th December 2013, London: County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has partnered with Civica, a market leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations transform the way they work, to implement the next stage of its paperless NHS strategy. The deal will see the Trust use Civicas Electronic Document Management (EDM) solution to digitise the records of its patients, transforming the way that information is audited and governed, and ultimately improving patient care. The Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England with 890,000 active patient records, a proportion of which will be digested. As a result clinical and administrative staff will have faster access to vital patient information, which will better inform clinical decisions and free up valuable time. At a time when NHS organisations are under increasing pressure to meet reduced waiting times, improve care and reduce outgoings, the Trust has made the decision to use Civicas WinDIP technology to modernise the way it operates. Civica has been providing electronic document management technology to the NHS since 1996, and its WinDIP solution is currently being used by 50 NHS Trusts nationwide. The solution ensures that patient information is accurate, up-to-date and easily accessible from any location, whist being stored in a completely secure environment. WinDIP reduces file storage space and replaces filing racks and cabinets, becoming a centralised system to house patient records. If, for example, a patient visits a clinic and is referred to a different department within the Trust, the relevant staff members will be able to instantly access the right records, to help speed up the whole treatment process. Transport, storage, administrative costs and the risk of lost patient records will be significantly reduced over the next ten years as a result. As Diane Murphy, Clinical Director of Service Transformation and Project Sponsor at the Trust explains: Were aiming to have paperless clinical record management by 2015 and this is the next step in our strategy to get there. Patient records are at the heart of what we do. Being able to provide our clinicians and administrative staff with the information they need at the touch of a button will transform the way patients are treated, and help us make huge savings in the years to come. Chris Ginnelly, Managing Director Civica Services & Civica Records Management continued: Were thrilled that County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has decided to invest in our technology to improve access to patients records to help improve care, at a time when financial budgets and service levels are under continuous scrutiny. PwC recently revealed that a potential 4.4 billion could be put back into the NHS with better use of IT, and it is clear that WinDIP is one step in helping organisations to do so. This win follows the launch in January of an expanded Civica Records Management business unit and a new identity for Gateway Computing following its acquisition in June

2012. Incorporating specialist EDM systems and outsourced document services used to digitise more than 140 million images annually for the health sector, Civica provides a market-leading capability through a unique combination of people, technology and business process expertise, at a time when electronic document and records management is increasingly seen as a means to increase service efficiency and quality.
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About County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people across County Durham, Darlington, North Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and South Tyneside. The Trust brings together hospital, community services and health and wellbeing services to provide high quality and seamless care for patients.

About Civica The Civica Group (www.civica.co.uk) is an international market leader in specialist IT systems and business process services for the public sector. Through experienced people who understand service delivery, the Group applies software, managed services and outsourcing to help customers streamline their activities. Civica supplies more than 2,000 organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA, including more than 90% of the UKs local authorities.

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