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James Paget University Hospital Ambulatory Care Launch

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James Paget University Hospital Ambulatory Care Launch

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James Paget Hospital Ambulatory Care Unit staff standing with members of the PatientSource team outside of JPUH (Photography by Laura Crisp)

James Paget Hospital Ambulatory Care Unit staff standing with members of the PatientSource team outside of JPUH (Photography by Laura Crisp)

We are proud to announce that today PatientSource has gone live at James Paget University Hospital Ambulatory Care Unit in Great Yarmouth. As James Paget’s Ambulatory Care Unit is involved with our early adoption programme, we’ve decided to provide the unit with a zero-fee trial of our bespoke modules.

This follows several months of planning and discussions, along with staff training days in order to maximise efficiency and patient safety gains. More specifically, PatientSource has chosen to work with James Paget University Hospital's award-winning and innovative Ambulatory Care Unit due to their forward-looking approach to improving standards of patient care. What’s more, PatientSource is compatible with the unit's blood screening iStat system, as well as the iPM PAS currently in use at James Paget Hospital. This streamlines access to patient details and blood results within the unit.

Nurse Practitioners Paul Gomulak and Karen Foden holding the Microsoft Surface 4 Pro tablets which have been loaned to JPUH Ambulatory Care by Microsoft for PatientSource's trial (Photography by Laura Crisp)

Nurse Practitioners Paul Gomulak and Karen Foden holding the Microsoft Surface 4 Pro tablets which have been loaned to JPUH Ambulatory Care by Microsoft for PatientSource's trial (Photography by Laura Crisp)

Uniquely, PatientSource is an electronic patient record system which has been developed by clinicians, for clinicians. In fact, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Brooks regularly works as a locum doctor at James Paget Hospital A&E and is familiar with the challenges faced by front-line clinicians. This ensures that our modules provide a user interface which is intuitive and user-friendly for doctors and nurses, with digital pro formas designed to resemble paper forms which staff are already familiar with.

As PatientSource is browser-based, it is not only compatible with desktops and laptops but also with tablets and other mobile devices. This means that members of the healthcare team can simultaneously access patient data instead of having to wait their turn to access a patient’s notes. More importantly clinicians can access their patient’s digital health record directly at the bedside so that doctors and nurses can spend more time interacting with and providing care for patients, thus making PatientSource a veritable near-patient record system.

JPUH Ambulatory Care Unit Nurse Practitioner Karen Foden taking case notes on a patient (Photography by Laura Crisp)

JPUH Ambulatory Care Unit Nurse Practitioner Karen Foden taking case notes on a patient (Photography by Laura Crisp)

Furthermore, thanks to our securely encrypted and readily available Microsoft Azure Cloud backup which is being hosted at Microsoft's new UK data centres, PatientSource can guarantee instant access to medical records when and where clinicians need them, whilst simultaneously eliminating server maintenance burden for the hospital IT team. Suzy Foster, Director of Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft UK comments: “PatientSource has the potential to really disrupt the traditional EPR market and save the NHS money. The clinician led design, combined with the security and scalability of the Azure platform is exciting. Much is said and written about the potential for IT to transform healthcare; PatientSource has the potential to achieve it and Microsoft is very proud to be part of that.

From left to right: Chief Operating Officer of PatientSource Phil Ashworth, Microsoft Healthcare Account Executive - Central Region Michael Nelson, Chief Clinical Officer of PatientSource Mike Brooks (Photography by Laura Crisp)

From left to right: Chief Operating Officer of PatientSource Phil Ashworth, Microsoft Healthcare Account Executive - Central Region Michael Nelson, Chief Clinical Officer of PatientSource Mike Brooks (Photography by Laura Crisp)

You may be wondering; exactly how will PatientSource benefit you as a patient? Well, it means that every time you attend ambulatory care, your doctor or nurse will have access to your electronic health records instantaneously. Your clinician will be able to share your blood results with you the second they become available. There will be no risk of staff losing critical information pertaining to your care as there will be no sheets of paper to lose. What’s more, when the healthcare team take observations of your vitals, they’ll be immediately alerted to any worrying trends.

We have already implemented changes to certain modules based on feedback from our staff training days at James Paget Hospital, and we have spoken to staff from other departments about how PatientSource can be further customised to suit their day-to-day requirements. We look forward to working closely with the Ambulatory Care Unit team in order to continuously tailor PatientSource to suit staff needs and subsequently, the needs of their patients.