East Kent Hospitals has been shortlisted in two categories in a national awards scheme, for introducing eCasCard – the computer system that has replaced paper A&E clinical notes.
The two categories are ‘Best Digital Document Management Award’ and the ‘Special Recognition Award’ as part of the ‘Public Sector Paperless Awards 2018’,
A prestigious ceremony will be held in Manchester on July 19, and along with East Kent Hospitals’ representatives, will feature finalists from other NHS trusts, the Ministry of Defence, DVLA and local government.
In 2015, the Trust initiated a project to improve A&E clinical documentation and digitise emergency patient pathways. This involved creating a system to record patient notes in the A&E electronically, in addition to embedding important pathways like sepsis screening, lower limb thromboprophylaxis and child safeguarding into this electronic portal.
The result was eCasCard – a system that in addition to recording clinical notes also allows clinicians to introduce new safety measures and improve pathways. This system was conceived at EKHUFT and designed by WASP software, and has enabled the Trust to improve patient care and achieve compliance in key areas like sepsis screening.
A&E Consultant at the William Harvey Hospital, Dr Syed Gilani, said: “I’m really proud that eCasCard has been shortlisted for these awards, particularly against so many high-profile competitors. It is a real tribute to the entire eCasCard team, A&E staff and WASP who worked very hard to help bring the system to fruition.”