This mixed methods study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making explored approaches to implementing Electronic Patient Record systems (EPRs) into NHS acute, mental health and community care hospitals throughout England. It also looked at the challenges and benefits of implementing EPRs. The authors conducted an online survey and semi-structured telephone interviews with chief information officers at NHS trusts.
The study found that there was no single approach taken to implementing EPRs among participating English NHS trusts, who cited various benefits and challenges. The authors conclude that policymakers and researchers need to provide clearer guidance for trusts at various stages of implementation and ensure that intelligence is shared across England’s NHS trusts.