Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened a brand new digital experience centre on its Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site.
The centre, established in partnership with global leader in healthcare IT, Allscripts, follows the implementation of the Allscripts Sunrise Acute Care system in 2016, known throughout WWL as the Health Information System (HIS).
Since HIS has been implemented, working practices across Trust sites have been revolutionised, communications have been improved, and benefits for both staff and patients have been delivered, including helping to support the delivery of safer, faster, more efficient care.
Other benefits include:
The new Digital Experience Centre (DEC) has been designed to inspire staff to think about the role of technology in the health service and will be used to familiarise staff with HIS and encourage them to try out ideas for digital working.
The centre was officially opened by Trust Chairman, Robert Armstrong (pictured), who performed a ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of WWL staff, Allscripts executives and colleagues from the local health and social care economy.
Speaking at the opening Robert said: “The HIS project is one of the biggest initiatives the Trust has undertaken.
“It has proven to be a great success and has supported WWL’s mission to be safe, effective and caring and put the patient at the centre of everything we do.
“Technology has certainly advanced at WWL, which in part, is thanks to our partnership with Allscripts.”
“I very much look forward to seeing the next stages of our digital journey”.
The centre also marks a new phase in WWL’s partnership with Allscripts and is an important investment in the local community, with the aim of bringing valuable technology jobs and skills to the area.
Associate Director for IM&T, Martyn Smith, said: “The official opening marks the start of a new phase of the ongoing partnership between Allscripts and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
“Allscripts have invested in a facility at Wigan which will be used as a location for collaborative design and delivery of innovative digital solutions which will benefit the local population.
“This is the first of type for Allscripts globally and we are immensely proud that Allscripts have partnered with us, due to our strong track record in using digital technology to improve health outcomes.”
John Wendehorst, Expert Reference Account Specialist at Allscripts, said: “We are delighted to have had an opportunity to further our partnership with Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust on a truly unique project.
“Together we have created an enhanced work centre for the WWL IM&T team as well as a digitally mature state of the art boardroom for the Trust, the community, and future joint meetings.”