CUH shortlisted for a HSJ Value Award for best use of information technology

CUH has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards for best use of information technology to drive value in clinical services.


This shortlisting recognises CUH’s achievements in providing high-quality patient care, improving patient safety and driving value in clinical services through its innovative digital transformation programme – eHospital. Like banks, supermarkets and other major institutions, CUH is using modern, secure electronic systems to run its hospitals and improve communications between its staff and between clinicians and patients.


Since eHospital was implemented across the Trust in October 2014, paper notes are now a thing of the past. Clinical staff now quickly and securely access all of a patient’s record at the click of a button on their internet-enabled device, instead of having to wait for potentially vital information to be collated from various places across the Trust and delivered by hand.


eHospital has resulted in many benefits including halving the time for medicine to be dispensed from the pharmacy which means patients can go home earlier, as well as saving patients making an unnecessary journey to the fracture clinic because clinicians can now view x-rays and notes online. This ‘virtual’ fracture clinic has freed up 4,500 physical clinic appointments.


Dr Jag Ahluwalia, CUH medical director and executive for eHospital, said:


“We are delighted that CUH’s success in providing high-quality care to our patients through a complete renewal of our IT systems has been recognised once again at a national level. Built by CUH staff for staff, eHospital is an essential tool for our clinical teams to provide better patient care.


“CUH was the first NHS Trust to introduce such a large-scale and advanced digital programme. We have learnt and are still learning important lessons which have helped us to develop, and from which the rest of the NHS will benefit as we all move towards the government’s ambition of a digital NHS.”


The shortlisted projects will now complete presentations and interviews to a judging panel on 3 April 2017.


The award winners will be announced out at a ceremony in London on 24 May 2017.