The total cost of Trakcare

Glenn Faulkner made this Freedom of Information request to Lothian NHS Board

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Dear Lothian NHS Board,

I would like to know the full cost of installing the IT equipment for deploying a single instance of InterSystems TrakCare™?

I would also like to know if it has met any of the following aims?

Allow Practitioners to refer patients to hospitals electronically through interoperability with the Scottish National e-Referrals service.

Increase the use of NHS Scotland national patient numbering conventions by provision of a single patient index within TrakCare and integration with the Scottish National Demographic database.

Meet Emergency Department waiting time targets by efficient admission, triage, and the use of visual alerts to ensure prompt attention to patients.

Provide complete and accurate patient information to authorized care professionals at all Lothian locations, reducing duplicate data entry and enhancing overall care.

Implement electronic ordering of lab tests and radiology investigations including transcription of radiology reports and clinician access to PACS images.

Securely exchange patient information including diagnostic results and clinical correspondence for use within the wider health-care community.

Yours faithfully,

Glenn Faulkner

Dear Lothian NHS Board,

I missed a question which should have come after 'I would also like to know if it has met any of the following aims? and what evidence have you that these aims have indeed been fulfilled?

Yours faithfully,

Glenn Faulkner

Mutch, Richard, Lothian NHS Board

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Mutch, Richard, Lothian NHS Board

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Richard
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<<trakcare - december 2011.doc>>

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Dear Mutch, Richard,

You have quoted the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS)in several of your answers to the posed questions. Would Computed tomography (CT)be included in the above or would that be covered by the Scottish national IM&T systems, Scottish Care Information (SCI) Store and how long after the procedure would the results be available to the patients GP?

Second point, would drug prescriptions be the type of information currently inputted into Trakcare enabling availability to interested staff with relevant authority? If not why not? If it is then why is the information not readily available to clinicians who need access to the information? Or is there a, so far, undisclosed problem in this area?

Finally,who,within NHS Lothian, constitutes staff with relevant authority and has access to Trakcare and the other systems used by NHS Lothian?

Yours sincerely,

Glenn Faulkner

Mutch, Richard, Lothian NHS Board

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Thanks
Richard

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Dear Mutch, Richard,

I think you have misunderstood part of my supplementary question:

• Second point, would drug prescriptions be the type of information currently inputted into Trakcare enabling availability to interested staff with relevant authority? If not why not? If it is then why is the information not readily available to clinicians who need access to the information? Or is there a, so far, undisclosed problem in this area?

I was referring to all prescriptions issued by hospital medical practitioners during a lengthy treatment regime, say for cancer for example.

Yours sincerely,

Glenn Faulkner

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