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NHS Forth Valley makes paperless move

Charlotte Jee Published 25 February 2013

Order communications contract award aimed at replacing paper-heavy system


NHS Forth Valley has awarded a seven-year contract for clinical applications, in particular order communications and results reporting, to information management group Plumtree.

The aim of the contract is to move from a mixed paper/electronic process for requesting and reporting tests to a purely online test requesting and reporting system to replace the current paper-based process.

NHS Forth Valley laboratory services process roughly 1m requests every year, with radiology services receiving 150,000 referrals annually and cardiology services processing 25,000 requests each year.

The contract, worth a total of £323,147, is part of a wider project to set up a clinical portal to provide "timely, safe and efficient patient clinical assessment, advice, diagnostic results and referral services information". The products provided as part of the contract will be used to reduce operational cost.

The news follows a speech by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently in which he called for the NHS to go paperless by 2018. The NHS Commissioning Board, which is leading implementation, has set a clear expectation that hospitals should plan to make information digitally available by 2014/15.

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