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In the news: Wye Valley NHS Trust opts for open source EPR

Wye Valley NHS Trust (picture above) is the latest UK healthcare provider to sign up to an open source electronic patient record (EPR) after agreeing a five year service contract with pioneering software specialist IMS MAXIMS.

The trust will work closely with IMS MAXIMS to implement the openMAXIMS EPR software to support the creation of accurate, accessible and integrated care records across its acute and community hospitals. The system will eventually integrate across multiple care settings, including social and primary care.

By reducing its dependency on paper notes, the trust is working towards the national ambition within NHS England's Five Year Forward View   to ensure electronic health records are fully interoperable and supporting health secretary Jeremy Hunt's challenge for the NHS to be paperless by 2018  .

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The NHS has failed to integrate electronic health records: Give patients their data now

Paul Cooper, research director of IMS MAXIMS, says it is time to let patients control their own data.

When it comes to delivering a cradle-to-grave comprehensive electronic health record for the citizen, the NHS has failed.

The NHS cannot be criticised for not trying - the Summary Care Record is one example of how. A huge central database that contains a range of basic information. However after huge investment, the NHS found out that the population did not want large databases of their health information over which they had little control.

There has been the interoperability toolkit. With good intentions of joining up existing data and giving a single view of the patient, the whole area appears to have lost momentum at the moment.

So what do we have now?
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