ePCR pilot set for go live in Bedfordshire

ePCR Vol 9

The Trust will shortly be going live with the new iPad and ePCR system in Bedfordshire. This pilot is the first step in realising a £25m investment in a new, state-of-the-art electronic patient care record (ePCR) designed to further improve the quality and safety of the services we are able to provide.

The Bedfordshire pilot will run for three weeks before moving on to a sector by sector roll out.

As EEAST is the first ambulance service globally to introduce this particular technology, our project team and more than 20 frontline clinicians have spent the last two and a half months rigorously testing the iPads and its multi-system interfaces. This has given us the opportunity to improve its functionality and the user experience.

Mike Carey, ePCR programme lead, said: “This collaboration with Medusa Medical in developing a native ePCR app to use on iPads will not only have a positive impact on EEAST clinicians and our patient care, but also has the potential to improve service delivery in global health care market.
"We are extremely proud to have initiated a landmark product.”

Phil Elvidge, ePCR lead for Bedfordshire, said: “The new iPads have a whole host of clinical apps for the staff to explore which will enhance their clinical care and support more informed decision making. In addition to clinical functions the devices, staff will have access to the full suite of Office 365, Global Rota System (GRS) and emails so daily admin tasks can be completed more efficiently. Once at home they can also see the benefits of downloading their own apps for personal use.

“I have been working closely with the ePCR project team to build a variety of training assets which will be trialled in Bedfordshire, from presentations to rota templates. These can then be adapted by each sector to support their rollout.”

"The project has been funded with £5m from NHSX, which has been matched by EEAST.

Over the next ten years, we have pledged to increase this investment further to refine the technology so that it interoperates with the various clinical systems used in other care settings.


Published 2nd March 2021