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07 September 2016

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust selected as ‘digital exemplar’ to inspire a digital revolution across the health service

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has been selected as one of 12 acute trusts in the UK to become a 'digital exemplar', trialling pioneering digital technology to drive radical improvements in the care of patients.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, made the announcement at the Health and Care Innovation Expo today, Wednesday 7 September. Twelve NHS trusts, the most digital advanced trusts in the NHS, have been selected to trail blaze new initiatives including real time video links between ambulances and emergency departments, electronic detection and alerting of patient deteriorations and online systems which reduce medication errors.

Robert Woolley, chief executive at UH Bristol, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as a 'digital exemplar'. We have a clear strategy of introducing digital systems to support the delivery of safe, high quality and efficient care to patients and all of the systems we deliver contribute towards this. With this additional support we will also focus on systems that cross organisational boundaries and work with our NHS partners to deliver innovative digital solutions that will improve care for patients in our area."

Steve Gray, Director for the Trust's Clinical Systems Information Programme, said: "Our appointment as a digital exemplar is a great opportunity that will enable us to accelerate and extend our existing digital programme to give our clinical and administrative teams the tools they need to help deliver safer, better care within UH Bristol and across the city of Bristol. Working with our main supplier, System C, we will act as a 'digital mentor' within our local community and across the country with Trusts using similar approaches and systems."

Dr Adam Dangoor, medical oncologist, said: "Clinicians and other healthcare staff are keen to embrace new digital technologies to improve patient care by better and quicker information sharing between professionals, and with our patients. We need to innovate to enhance clinical safety, and ensure efficient use of limited health and social care resources. Many of the systems we use are not yet optimal but this initiative puts the teams in Bristol in a position to drive forward improvements and lead by example. We are keen to involve our colleagues and patients throughout the region in this aim."