The Dudley Group Foundation Trust has selected a new fully integrated IT system as part of its patient administration service in a bid to become a “fully digital” hospital.

The trust says it hopes to create a platform that will allow it to share patient information across care providers serving its 450,000 population.

In October, the trust curtailed spending by staff amid fears its sustainability and transformation funding would be put at risk by overspending on agency staff. The trust’s finance director warned this could put the purchase of an electronic patient record system at risk.

The trust has selected Allscripts to develop the system. It already uses the company’s patient administration service and will adopt additional services to create the new EPR system and a new community wide service.

Jane Dale, consultant endocrinologist and chief clinical information officer at the trust, said: “We are committed to becoming a fully digital trust that provides exceptional care to patients. This requires us to take a leading role in connecting up the broader healthcare community of Dudley and the surrounding area.”

Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group is hoping to sign the contract for a new multispecialty community provider care model in the borough, which will be worth £244m a year, by April. 

The contract requires that from January 2019 the MCP’s clinical IT systems ”must have the necessary open interoperable interfaces to allow key clinical data to be shared appropriately with healthcare professionals in other providers”.