NHS ‘Digital Heroes’ celebrate 10,000 eForms milestone

Clinicians at Leeds Teaching Hospitals marked a key milestone in the journey towards paperless working as two members of the team have now both completed over 10,000 eForms in the last 12 months.

The eForms are designed, completed and actioned via LTHT’s EHR system, PPM+, a collaborative solution created by Aire Logic and LTHT, with digital forms technology at its core. Paperless working is a key objective of the Leeds Digital Way, using technology to connect, transform and improve the patient journey. PPM+ facilitates digital working across the Trust, helping to deliver faster, safer, high quality care for patients.

The two eForm champions, Chris Brown and Natalia Jones, met with Chief Digital and Information Officer, Richard Corbridge, and the rest of the Informatics Team to recognise their achievement.

Natalia Jones is part of the Discharge Co-Ordination Team and had submitted 11,004 electronic forms at the time of the award. 92% of Natalia’s submitted forms were the Discharge – Transfer – Planning eForm. In relation to the patient journey, this means Natalia has been entering data into 2,056 individual patients’ Electronic Health Records, keeping them up to date with the latest information. This ensures the Hospital Teams are aware of exactly what needs to be done to get the patient either to the next point in their care journey, or discharge them to continue any aftercare back at home.

Chris Jones is Charge Nurse on J17, and had submitted 10, 928 electronic forms. 49% of his submitted eForms were the shift to shift Handover form. This eForm communicates vital information between staff across multi-disciplinary teams, who all have an input for the care of the patient, on change of shifts. The handover eForm significantly reduces the time it takes to complete handover, so staff can soend more time with the patients, and reduces the risk of error. The rest of Chris’ numbers consist of eForms used directly in patient care, such as the Falls Risk Assessment and Pressure Ulcer form to assess patients’ needs and prompt the appropriate action.

Using eForms means that anyone involved in treating patients can instantly see the digital record, using a mobile device or PC, including the latest tests, results, and medical and nursing assessments.

Putting digital systems like this in place also means that clinicians who may be covering a number of patients on wards across the hospitals, e.g. on-call consultants, can use this technology to easily spot patients whose condition may be deteriorating. As a result, any patients whose observations show, for example, that they may be at higher risk of falls or pressure ulcers can be prioritised.

It is fantastic to see the impact digital health is having across the Trust, and we look forward to celebrating as more staff reach such impressive eForm milestones and continue to embrace the Leeds Digital Way.