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Lorenzo goes live at Morecambe Bay

A contentious IT system has gone live at its first trust, officials confirmed this morning.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust implemented electronic patient record system Lorenzo Release 1.9 over the bank holiday weekend.

The move will mean firm Computer Sciences Corporation and sub-contractor iSoft will now be able to ask for payment from the government’s NHS IT programme.

An earlier deadline for implementing the system in March had been missed, with Department of Health director general for informatics Christine Connolly telling HSJ it could lose all its hospital contracts in the North, the Midlands and the East of England if it failed to come up with a convincing plan for Morecambe Bay.

Trust chief executive Tony Halsall said: “Becoming the first acute trust in England to implement Lorenzo is not only fantastic news for the trust and our staff, but also for our patients.

“All of our wards were brought live by the project team in a phased manner over the bank holiday weekend and by the morning of Sunday 30 May 2010, every ward in each of our hospitals was using Lorenzo. We expect to complete the full implementation of Lorenzo by Thursday 3 June 2010.

“The rollout of the new system has gone very smoothly and we couldn’t have done this without the support and dedication of our staff – both those on the wards who have embraced Lorenzo and those behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly to ensure that it went without a glitch.”



Readers' comments (3)

  • Yay!!!! we have a PAS!....welcome to the 1980's!

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  • Sorry to be picky, but do you know anything about Lorenzo at all? It is much more than a PAS from the 1980's. It is a world away from 'dumb terminals' and 'green screens' Why can't you be glad for those suppliers, (who by the way don't get paid till it is signed off) who have worked exceedingly hard to get this system 'live' and for those NHS staff who have night and day to make this happen. In these difficult financial times we need to pull together to survive. RGDS James

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  • Hear hear for James. It's very easy to mock and bash, but apart from anything else, achieving go-live over a weekend on all wards is a major achievement, and I'm sure there has been a massive amount of work to get to this point. Congratulations to everyone involved, and I hope Lorenzo provides Morecambe Bay with a functional platform that they can then use to build a complete EPR. Let's hope that the trust and suppliers are able to share their lessons learned - many of which will be good things to repeat, not bad things to steer clear of, I'm sure - with the rest of us.

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