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An innovative scheme described as ‘an air traffic control system for patients’ developed in Cumbria has been shortlisted for a national award.

The ‘Electronic Referral and Resource Matching Scheme’ has been named as one of the best in the UK in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2015.

The Cumbrian team will find out next week (Wednesday November 18) if it has won the ‘Using Technology to Improve Efficiency’ category.

Used by hospital and community services, it enables electronic patient referrals between different health and social care sectors.

The system has been developed by teams from the NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group with colleagues at Strata Health Ltd.

Sedbergh GP Dr William Lumb, Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS Cumbria CCG, said: “It is an ‘air traffic control system for patients’. Using this software has streamlined the referral process. In some cases from a couple of hours to 15 minutes.

“Achieving a nomination in this prestigious award process is a pleasing recognition of the hard work and vision of the health economy in Cumbria.”

It is already well used by nursing staff in hospitals in south Cumbria and is being rolled out in the north of the county. GPs will be added to the scheme in the coming year. It is also used by workers in the third sector.

Elaine Eggleston is the Informatics Strata lead at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust. She said: “The feedback from clinicians has been great. They say it is much easier, simpler and quicker to use than the previous system which could be awkward. One described as a ‘God send’.”

There were more than 1600 entries in this year’s HSJ Awards. winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday November 18th.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Carl Fallowfield

Quelle/Source: Cumbria Crack, 11.11.2015

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