The development and deployment of integrated electronic care records in a regional adult and paediatric cystic fibrosis unit

D. Peckham (Lead / Corresponding author), C. Etherington, H. White, A. Mehta, N. Shaw, A. Morton, K. Pollard, T. Lee, K. Brownlee, J. Taylor, P. Whitaker, S. Conway

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    Abstract

    Background
    Electronic care records (ECRs) for cystic fibrosis (CF) provide a basis for accurate, reliable capture of clinical measures and interventions, and epidemiological trends, providing the basis for improved efficiency and patient safety.

    Methods
    A primary care system was modified for hospital use and clinical codes devised for all aspects of CF care. Performance and usability were assessed.

    Results
    Of a total of 620 patients 619 consented to their data being recorded in the system. Five hundred and twenty three new codes were created and embedded behind 60 new templates. Following introduction of ECR, completion of annual assessments increased from 43% to 92%, retrieval of drug costs rose significantly and time to correspondence with primary care fell from 34 days to < 2 days. Staff satisfaction was high.

    Conclusion
    The system is fully operational allowing the unit to function as a paperless service. Efficiencies of staffing activity, process management and cost retrievals are evident. Sharing of coding structures is important in future care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)681-686
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Cystic Fibrosis
    Volume13
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

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    Peckham, D., Etherington, C., White, H., Mehta, A., Shaw, N., Morton, A., Pollard, K., Lee, T., Brownlee, K., Taylor, J., Whitaker, P., & Conway, S. (2014). The development and deployment of integrated electronic care records in a regional adult and paediatric cystic fibrosis unit. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 13(6), 681-686. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2014.03.002