The software went live with 320 staff just 6 months after System C originally signed the contract. It is expected to help manage some 4,600 births a year, and in its first eight hours of use handled nine deliveries, including a set of twins.
Matt Tucker, directorate manager for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: "I am really pleased with the implementation of Medway and think the success so far has been the result of an excellent and mature working relationship between System C and ourselves. We have a lot more work to do and I have every confidence that, because of this good working relationship and the excellent people in the Trust who are supporting the implementation, we will now start to see delivery of the benefits we identified."
A major factor behind the choice of Medway was the level of integration offered to existing third party systems, such as ultrasound and CTG, and to remote and mobile users such as health visitors and GP surgeries.
The integration of all records relating to a pregnancy, particularly the clinical record and the ultrasound record, is expected to lead to important efficiency and risk management benefits. Additional risk management features of Medway Maternity include a system of alerts, audit reporting and the identification of high risk women.
The Trust is also anticipating significant operational benefits by removing duplication of effort, streamlining work practices and minimising manual processes.
Dr Ian Denley, chief executive of System C, said: "It is really important that deployments are efficient and that systems bring benefits. I am really pleased that it has gone so well at Northampton General Hospital."
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is implementing Medway in two phases. The first phase involved going live in the labour, delivery and postnatal suites. It includes a full interface to an iPM PAS for demographics and admissions, discharges and transfers, as well as an interface to McKesson Child Health. The first phase also allows for net change and bulk replacement of maternity information for SUS reporting.
The second phase, due to go live later this year, will involve integration with CTG, ICE requesting and results reporting, and community midwifery.
Northampton General Hospital serves a population of 360,000 and has an annual turnover of £170m. It employs around 200 midwives and 30 medics on maternity services, supported by around 50 healthcare assistants.
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