Great news – Addenbrooke's Hospital will incorporate NPEx into its service portfolio in early 2017. Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) will be the first laboratory service across East of England to adopt NPEx to digitally book in external test requests and send out results to send away laboratory partners.
CUH, as an academic clinical centre, offers specialist treatment and a government-designated comprehensive biomedical research centre. In 2014, the Trust went Live with the eHospital project to introduce a new Electronic Patient Record supplied by Epic. As part of the eHospital project, Epic deployed a new Laboratory Information System (LIMS) for the laboratory service. The NPEx deployment will enable connectivity to the Epic Beaker LIMS. This is the first time for this system and is an interface development that can be reused to the benefit of any other NHS laboratory using an Epic Beaker LIMS.
Ian Halsall, Blood Sciences Lead, Clinical Biochemistry, The Pathology Partnership at Cambridge University Hospitals commented
s "This is a system that we have been keen to introduce for some time. I strongly believe it will deliver immediate demonstrable benefits: to patients and clinicians, both locally and externally, as results will be available quicker and the risk of transcription errors will be eliminated; to staff, both technical and clinical, where the need for resource to manually record, check and authorise each and every result and comment will be reduced. Six of the seven laboratories where we refer most work are already NPEx users and once we are able to offer electronic reporting we expect there will be increased interest from external locations wanting to access the more specialist testing, across all the disciplines, offered at CUH"
The anticipated go-live date for NPEx at Addenbrooke's Hospital is April 2017. In early-April an East of England NPEx roadshow will be held at Addenbrooke's Hospital - more information will be made available here nearer to the time of the event