New digital transformation for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has laid the foundations for an ambitious digitisation programme, by deploying IMS MAXIMS technology in its emergency department.

Having previously run on an old and complex infrastructure, the new patient administration system will help staff manage winter pressures and support new ways of working across the trust.

The ED go-live will trigger an ambitious digitisation programme that will see the trust replace its PAS, deploy MAXIMS in theatres, and aim to complete the levels of the Digital Health Intelligence Clinical Digital Maturity Index by 2020-21.

Steven Bloor, chief information officer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “We would not have got through the winter with the system we had in place, so we really pushed to get MAXIMS in when we did. The ease of use and the flexibility of the system has been praised by users, and we are looking forward to having similar capabilities across the hospital as a whole.

“We want to surface information with the clinician where and when they need it, without having to access multiple systems. As our accountable care partnership across the Fylde coast develops, MAXIMS will enable the integrated approach needed to manage patient flow across the whole health community. The emergency department is the start of the patient journey, so it is the logical place to begin the deployment of MAXIMS. This is now the cornerstone for our wider digital ambitions.”

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