Oxford University Hospitals selected as global digital exemplar

By: Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted and privileged to have been selected to be a global digital centre of excellence by the Department of Health.

Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is one of 12 NHS trusts that will receive up to £10 million, having been designated as a global digital exemplar to champion the use of digital technology to drive radical improvements in the care of patients. The decision was announced on 7 September 2016 by the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt.

Peter Knight, OUH Chief Information and Digital Officer, said: “We are delighted and privileged to have been named a global digital exemplar, which recognises that our Trust is at the forefront of the use of digital technology to deliver exceptional care efficiently.

“It also means that our Trust has been identified as one of a small number of trusts selected to lead the way in patient care digitisation using information technology.

“We will use this funding to innovate and improve our use of technology complementing the assets we already have to deliver more effective healthcare for patients. We will act as a trailblazer, sharing our learning with other NHS organisations.

“This funding allows us to accelerate the opportunities that digital technology offers, in line with the ambition of the NHS to be ‘paper-free at the point of care’.”

“Our Trust is already acknowledged to be one of the most advanced NHS trusts for implementing electronic patient records (EPR), with over 1.2 million daily transactions via EPR. We also administer more than 20,000 drugs every day using electronic prescribing and medicines administration, and have recently introduced a new state-of-the-art digital imaging system.”

This article first appeared on the website of OUH NHS Foundation Trust on 7th September 2016.