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On October 9, 2014

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust wins IMS MAXIMS-sponsored ‘Best use of IT to promote patient safety’ category at the EHI Awards 2014

London – 9 October 2014 – An e-Prescribing and medicines administration solution used by over 4,000 staff at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) has been selected by a panel of judges as the winner of the ‘Best use of IT to promote patient safety’ category at this year’s eHealth Insider (EHI) Awards.

The category, sponsored for the second year in a row by IMS MAXIMS, seeks to “highlight the role IT can play in making care and treatment safer” at a time when patient safety is high on the healthcare agenda.

UHB was rewarded for its Prescribing Information and Communications System (PICS), a rules-based clinical decision support system which provides functionality for vital signs monitoring to recognise deteriorating patients, and to mandate various assessments, while feeding clinical dashboards. PICS data is being used to improve the rules engine and algorithms that drive clinical decision support, with a positive impact on patient care, safety, and outcomes.

The system operates in all the trust’s inpatient, outpatient, and day case areas, and is used across 17 specialties, processing 32,000 prescriptions and 137,000 administrations each week. It has been continuously developed with input from senior clinicians across the organisation over the past 15 years.

Mark Hill, business development manager at IMS MAXIMS who presented the award, said: “The project at UHB not only fulfils the criteria to win this award but there is a clear commitment from both clinical and technical staff who have gone the extra mile to make technology work for the wellbeing of their patients. Patient safety will always be one of the most critical issues in healthcare, therefore it is important that we value and celebrate those who strive for it.”

The EHI Awards are organised by the renowned healthcare IT publication eHealth Insider and are open to any healthcare IT organisation of any size based in the UK. Every year, the awards are presented to those who best promote clinical involvement in IT, best use of healthcare technology and general contribution to the healthcare IT industry.

The other finalists in the category included Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Wessex Trauma Network, and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which was highly commended for its work on managing deteriorating patients.

  • By Natalie Chishick   
  • and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, e-prescribing, EHI Awards, ims maxims, Mark Hill, medicines administration solution, patient safety, PICS, Prescribing Information and Communications System, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Wessex Trauma Network

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