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Published on 8 December 2009

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First hospital in UK to implement Cerner clinical research module

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Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Cerner will partner to bring an innovative clinical research module to the English NHS.

As the first NHS trust to leverage the Cerner PowerTrials solution, Wirral is working towards making its current paper-based clinical trials process obsolete and expects to deliver significant value for patients, researchers and clinical discovery.

The Cerner PowerTrials solution facilitates clinical trials by integrating research processes into the workflow of clinicians who use the Cerner Millennium clinical information system. By using the Cerner PowerTrials solution, the Trust will be able to provide clinicians, site researchers and patients with increased opportunities to contribute to the development of new therapies supporting a safe and effective research environment which leverages evidence based knowledge.

Integrating research processes into the workflow of the Cerner Millennium clinical information system will facilitate communication between clinicians and site researchers at Wirral.

Clinicians and patients will have access to information about prospective research being conducted at Wirral and for patients who choose to enroll in a trial, their consent information and enrollment status will be readily accessible by all clinicians.

“This integrated approach will provide more opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials, enhance patient safety, and streamline research processes,” said Luke Readman Director of Information at the Trust.

The Cerner PowerTrials solution will be used by more than 50 clinicians and researchers in the Trust to:

  • Increase clinical trial participation by clinicians and patients, helping advance research needed to develop new therapeutics;
  • Streamline clinical trial screening and enrollment, and integrate the collection of research data into the clinical workflow through a bridge to research systems making it easier and less time consuming for Trust clinicians to participate in clinical trials; and
  • Implement rigorous metrics for study feasibility, research prioritisation and oversight, reducing overall cost and time of the research.

“Wirral and Cerner share a common culture around clinical innovation and benefits realisation,” said Donald Trigg, Cerner Vice President and Managing Director in the UK.

“Wirral’s access to the full Millennium solution suite, coupled with their use of our event-based deployment methodology MethodM, were the twin catalysts for the first-of-type partnership around the Cerner PowerTrials solution. We are confident that it will deliver significant value for money.”

“This is a major undertaking for our organisation, which coincides  with restructuring of our outpatient clinics, the establishment of  a new data centre and the implementation of Cerner Millennium health information technology,” said Gary  Doherty,  Chief  Operating  Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for the Trust.

“The collaboration with Cerner will allow our organisation to more effectively manage the clinical trials process and reduce the time and cost associated with conducting research.”

The Wirral’s Cerner Millennium implementation will begin with a suite of clinical solutions designed to provide vital patient information to clinicians at the right place and the right time.

The Trust will be implementing clinical solutions for outpatient clinician documentation, ordering and results viewing for the A&E, documentation and scheduling for theatres, PowerTrials for clinical trial screening and management, clinical coding, case note tracking and administrative and clinical interfacing. The Wirral will also be implementing Cerner solutions for patient administration.

The Wirral deployment is using the MethodM methodology during implementation in order to ensure cost effective and predictable outcomes.

“The Cerner MethodM allows us to draw on the collective experiences that clients around the world have had from implementing thousands of Cerner solutions,” Doherty said.

Experiences gained from Cerner solution implementations at more than 8,000 facilities and more than 2,000 Cerner consultants are incorporated into the deployment at Wirral.

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