Chase Farm recognised as one of the most digitally advanced hospitals in the UK

A global body has officially recognised Chase Farm Hospital (CFH), which was opened by HRH Duke of York last month, as one of the most digitally advanced hospitals in the UK.
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The £200 million hospital, which opened in September 2018, has joined an elite group of UK healthcare organisations after it was given a brand-new rating by HIMSS Analytics® for the quality of the technology it employs.

According to HIMSS criteria, stage 6 means that the trust has established clear goals for improving safety, minimising errors, and recognising the importance of healthcare IT. It also means that CFH, which is part of the Royal Free London (RFL) group, is on course to achieve stage 7 in the near future.

“We are delighted that Chase Farm is one of the few NHS hospitals to have achieved a stage 6 rating – especially as we have been validated against the tougher criteria that have recently been introduced. 

This is testament to the incredible vision and dedication of our staff who have embraced a new way of working, enabling us to deliver outstanding care to our patients. This digital approach is what the future of healthcare looks like and means a better experience for our patients and our staff. Now our aim is to further advance our use of technology so CFH can become a stage 7 hospital.”

Dr Chris Streather, RFL group chief medical officer

Since the new hospital opened, CFH has been pioneering new technology so staff can deliver better, safer and more efficient care to patients. From self-check in kiosks to clinical staff using mobile devices to access patient information at the touch of a button, the new hospital and its staff are leading the way in revolutionising patient care.

Key to this transformation has been the introduction of a new electronic patient record (EPR) system – which has significantly reduced the volume of paper used by staff. It has created a  single digital patient record, which is available to all staff who need to access it, when and wherever they are. The new system has improved communication, documentation and care.

The hospital has also introduced new technologies including the Ascom mobile handset nurse call system, which enables patients to call a nurse without disturbing other patients.

More information is available on the Royal Free NHS website.

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