The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust is looking to replace its iSoft electronic patient record (EPR) system with updated software.
The move follows criticism two years ago by the Care Quality Commission of the Trust's level of patient care. The Trust blamed problems with clinical coding on a higher than expected number of deaths at the institution.
The Trust wants to replace its iSoft iPM patient administration system and iCM clinical management system with a broader suite of systems including patient administration, order communications and results, theatre management, e-prescribing and medicines management, assessments and observations and a data warehouse.
The Trust says it plans to decide on the replacement systems at the beginning of next year, as its current contracts with the supplier - being acquired by larger firm CSC - expire in the course of 2012 and 2013.
However the incumbent, whose Lorenzo electronic patient record system is a key system under the troubled National Programme for IT, is not out of the picture; the Trust says it will consider Lorenzo in its quest for a higher level of functionality and integration.
Mid Staffordshire Trust is keen to reduce the amount of paper used in administration and to improve the patient experience. The system is expected to be an enabler for new initiatives.
Staff say they want more usability and that support for e-prescribing and medicines management needs to be included in any new EPR system.