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Medway live at Nottingham 7 December 2011 Shanna Crispin Destiny Wireless digital pen Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has gone live with a new maternity system and is now rolling out digital pens to midwives. The trust went live with System C’s Medway Maternity in both the Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre at the end of September. The system has been integrated with the trust’s McKesson TotalCare patient administration system - enabling information to be drawn from the PAS into Medway. The obstetric service lead for the trust, Lucy Kean, said it was “ambitious” to go live across both sites simultaneously, but this had been a success. “The staff have taken to the system very quickly and we are already reaping the benefits of more complete electronic records, such as being able to determine when women have been seen at hospital and what has happened to them.” About 700 staff across the trust are now using the Medway system to record all clinical outpatient, delivery and postnatal activity. Kean said the plan was to move to working with a paper-light, if not almost paperless, system. The implementation of Medway had meant migrating details of over five thousand booked patients and their alerts from the trust’s previous 20-year-old system. Antenatal data was not migrated from the old system, but any current bookings had been pre-populated into Medway. The old system, CCL’s Proton, had all but been turned off, with the information held in the system only available in a read-only format to a limited number of users. The trust announced in May that it had bought the system after a seven month procurement process, and was planning to also integrate the use of Destiny Wireless digital pens. About 120 midwives working in the community are to begin using digital pens to collect assessment and booking information. A System C spokesperson told eHealth Insider the pens are being rolled out to the midwives on a controlled basis. They will be used to document information on initial assessments and history taking, ongoing antenatal assessments in the community and postnatal assessments following discharge from hospital. The information captured will then be sent via the midwives’ mobile phones directly to the appropriate field within Medway. A pdf copy of the information will also be stored in the system. The midwives will also be able to transfer information from the pens and into the system via docking stations once they get back to their community base, if a mobile network is not available. The next phase of the Medway implementation may include giving staff within the hospital mobile access to the system through handheld devices on the wards. Last updated: 7 December 2011 13:28 © 2011 EHealth Media. back to news