American supplier of health technology solutions, Cerner, has been chosen by NHS chiefs as the new electronic record provider for the new Nightingale Hospital in London.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nightingale Hospital will be opened at London’s ExCel Centre to provide more intensive care for patients in the capital. However, its opening date still remains uncertain.
It was also announced last week that the trust’s chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Charles Knight, will be running Nightingale Hospital.
Cerner’s electronic record provider is already in place at Barts Health Trust and they currently provide services for 24 NHS trusts.
Barts Health’s EPR has already been praised by Cerner for its rapid and electronic network of pathology providers which helps staff request and access tests.
The american company’s Health Information Exchange interoperability platform has been established between Barts Health and local primary and community care providers, which allows care providers to share a wide range of patient information locally.
Cerner’s managing director for the UK, Ditsie Profit, said: “NHS and Cerner teams have managed to get this new facility created within the system in just a matter of days.
“This goes a long way to show the great things we are all able to achieve when we work together towards a single goal, and for the benefit of millions.”
CEO and Chairman of Serner, Brent Shafer, said: “Now, more than ever, our health care clients are relying on our technology, capacity and flexibility in supporting their frontline work to care for patients.”
Two other Nightingale hospitals are due to open in Manchester and Birmingham but will not provide critical care.
Ever since the pandemic hit the UK, there has been a huge increase in demand for technological information services by the NHS.
When NHS Digital launched its covid-19 response on 24th Feburary, the NHS App, which allows people to book NHS appointments and view their medical records, has been downloaded nearly 434,000 times. Before their announcement, there were only 915,500 downloads since its launch in January 2019.