Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust has announced plans to embrace more technology after being the first to implement an innovative Electronic Patient Record system (EPR) called Epic.
CUH, which was also the first to simultaneously upgrade its entire IT infrastructure, is to become the largest healthcare organisation in England to run Microsoft’s full suite of cloud-based ‘Office 365 for Business Services’.
The software, which will be gradually rolled out across the organisation, will help speed up many aspects of administration, complementing Epic which was introduced in 2014.
CUH chief information officer, Dr Zafar Chaudry, said: “Microsoft Office 365 will work alongside our Epic system to enhance the administrative side of our work, helping us to work even more efficiently and effectively across the entire organisation to ultimately benefit our patients.
“Once all services are made available to staff, planned to start later this year, CUH will become the largest healthcare organisation in England running Microsoft Office 365.”
Microsoft UK director of health and life sciences, Suzy Foster, added: “The potential for technology to enable significant benefits for both patients and NHS staff is well known. The Trust will be leading the way in enabling its staff to work flexibly, collaborate and share securely. The benefits will be far reaching.”