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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust go live with System C patient management system

20th November 2018

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust  (BSUH) has gone live with a new integrated hospital management system that includes a patient administrations system (PAS), a theatre management system, business intelligence, the Medway Connect integration/interoperability service and e-Referrals.

The deployment is the first stage in BSUH’s Powering Patient First IT strategy and is designed to support outstanding patient care through improving information sharing and developing electronic record keeping across all of the Trust’s hospital sites.

The new System C software was rolled out over nine months and involved migrating 35 million records from the Trust’s legacy Allscripts PAS. 99.996% of records were migrated automatically.  In the first week, the system was used by over 2,200 users on nearly 2,000 workstations across the Trust.

BSUH already had limited use of Bluespier Theatres in parts of the hospital. This new deployment included putting in the Medway version of Bluespier, with complex two-way integration with the Medway PAS and adding pre-operative, perioperative and post-operative clinical functionality. This new system was rolled out across all the Trust’s 36 theatres.

Ian Arbuthnot, director of IM&T at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals

Our patients depend on clinical teams having access to the right tools and technologies to deliver outstanding care. This go-live is a major step forward for our IT strategy, supporting not just our Trust but also a large number of community health providers to create a seamless, high quality, service for our patients. 

Nine months is an ambitious timetable for a deployment of this scale, but System C has a well-oiled, tried and tested deployment methodology so it was all relatively smooth. I’m delighted that Trust staff and System C worked together so well to make it happen.

Markus Bolton, System C’s joint CEO

This is our 25th major hospital system deployment and again we have delivered on time and within budget. Brighton and Sussex has a great team and we are really pleased to have them as partners and as the latest addition to the Medway family.  We look forward to extending the system.

The Medway PAS provides the core infrastructure for System C’s full clinical EPR blueprint, as currently being deployed at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Whittington Health NHS Trust and a number of other adopters across the NHS.