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Clinical Decision Support Systems in your organisation

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Gearoid Bolguidhir

Dear Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust,

I am researching the use of clinical decision support systems used in NHS Trusts. As such I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

To assist you, what I mean by clinical decision support systems, these are stand alone or integrated software which helps clinical staff make safe decisions and take appropriate action. The can be algorithms, care plans, clinical referencing, or clinical condition specific guidelines which incorporate treatment or decision making.

Proprietary examples include:

• BestPractice (BMJ)
• ClinicalKey, ExpertPath, STATdx, Arezzo (Elsevier)
• DXS
• DynaMed, DynaMed Plus, Isabel (EBSCO)
• First DataBank, Zynx (Hearst)
• IBM Watson, Micromedex (IBM)
• iRefer (MedCurrent)
• MedicinesComplete (BNF)
• Provation
• LexiComp, UpToDate (WoltersKluwer)
• ThinkResearch (ThinkResearch Corporation)

To assist me with my research, could you please give me the following information please:

1. Does the trust operate any clinical decision support systems (examples above)

◦ If so, which ones?

2. What is the cost of licences (and any other support) the Trust paid on clinical decision support systems in the financial years 2017-18 & 2018-19

3. Has the trust developed their own electronic clinical decision support system(s)?

4. If so, what were the WTE and total funding costs incurred in development of their own clinical decision support system(s) for the financial years 2017-18 & 2018-19 respectively

5. What was the Trusts’ total operating budget for financial years 2017-18 & 2018-19 respectively

I appreciate the time you will give to this request and if you require any clarification please do not hesitate to come back to me.

Yours faithfully,

Mr GM Bolguidhir

MEHT FOI (RQ8) Mid Essex Hospital, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

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Larn, Alan,

Dear Mr Bolguidhir

I am writing in connection with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received by Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust on 13 November 2019.

Please be advised that Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust ceased to exist on 31st March 2020.  Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, formed on 1st April 2020 by merger of the 3 acute trusts in Mid and South Essex, is now responsible for your FOI request.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise that you have not yet received a response to your request.  This lapse in standards is the result of a number of factors, not least the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business processes.

Given the time that has elapsed since you submitted your FOI request, we would be most grateful if you could confirm whether or not you still require response. If so, we will expedite completion of your request.

If we do not hear from you by 5pm on 24 August 2020 (five working days), your request will be closed.

You have the right to refer this matter to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). 

The Information Commissioner’s Office
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With best regards,

Alan Larn.

Corporate Governance Administrator
Freedom of Information
Corporate Governance & Membership Services
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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