OpenMaxims, an electronic patient record system developed in the United Kingdom and made available as open source software, is now used by three more UK hospitals. The software solution is implemented for the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital, all three in England's northwest coast.
The three hospitals form the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust started implementing OpenMaxims in December.
“The new EPR will allow over 3,000 clinical staff to share a single digital patient record across its 830-bed hospital sites”, announces IMS Maxims, the company developing the open source solution. The system should help the Trust in becoming paperless by 2020, and is to increase workflow efficiencies across the hospital departments. “The Trust will also reap the benefits of the open source community to co-develop new applications faster and cheaper than if it had selected proprietary EPR software”, the company adds.
OpenMaxims patient record system was originally designed as a proprietary solution for the UK’s national health service (NHS). The company decided to re-licence the software in June last year. The open source version was first implemented last year by the 600-bed Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The second NHS Trust that is implementing the software is St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages 8 hospitals and 3 clinics in Merseyside county.
Last Friday, IMS Maxims published the most recent version of openMaxim. This version “includes all of the enhancements made for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust”, the company announced.
The new version adds a number of new features, including a module that helps hospital staff ensure patients are fit and suitable for surgery, and a module to help staff direct patients to the right care and service, depending on clinical priority.