LONDON, February 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The first national table ranking NHS trusts in their use of clinical IT systems has been launched by EHI Intelligence, in partnership with NHS England.
The Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI) provides a complete picture of the clinical information systems in use at every English acute trust.
The new CDMI service, which has been developed by EHI Intelligence over three years, is provided as a searchable online database and national baseline report, has been licensed by NHS England so that all NHS staff can see how their trust ranks on its use of IT and where it is on its digital journey.
Karl Grundy, Head EHI Intelligence said, "Providing the NHS with a digital maturity model that has been rooted in the nuances of the English NHS market will enable the health service and suppliers to make better decisions about the use of IT and enable better ways of working."
Beverley Bryant, director of strategic systems and technology at NHS England said, "This information is freely available to NHS Trusts so they can see where they sit in relation to their peers. We anticipate this will be a powerful catalyst in sharing successes and best practice and in driving the digital agenda forward."
Winners and losers
King's College Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trusts, were ranked equal first in the table, which is published in full below. Colin Sweeney, Director of ICT, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says:
"King's regards itself as an innovative organisation and at the forefront of healthcare in the NHS generally. It is important, and indeed expected, that service departments like ICT support that aspiration. The CDMI rating provides evidence that we are living up to that expectation. As a result, the Trust continues to invest positively in our approach and the solutions we deliver."
The CDMI also highlights underperforming trusts that have been in the news recently, such as Colchester University Hospital Trust along with several others that had previously been awarded substantial sums as part of the now abandoned NHS National Programme for IT but which are still digitally immature.
How it works?
The CDMI is the first English Acute Trust maturity model that maps the baseline clinical systems in use. It comprises seven levels with clinical systems placed in each level, totalling 27 systems in all. Each system on each level is given a score, based on a methodology that draws on a number of market factors that give a totality score for each English Acute Trust.
Helping policy makers
The CDMI helps policy makers, commissioners, practitioners and suppliers understand where trusts are now and why, along with comparative data to enable benchmarking and opportunity identification.
EHI Intelligence will continually refresh the CDMI ranking as systems change and new levels are added.
CDMI Ranking Table
Please go to http://www.ehi.co.uk to view the ranking table 17/02/2014
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