Getting rid of paper, one step at a time

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation’s Director of IM&T, Adrian Byrne, offers a few strategic steps to going “Paperless by 2020.”

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Adrian Byrne, Director of IM&T at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation

So, our plans for digitizing the ecosystem are pretty well developed, we’ve been at it for a long time. We work with multiple vendors – some people call it a “best breed” solution – but we don’t really see it like that, because what we want to do is work with a set of strategic vendors and we’d like to work with as few as possible to be honest.

So, I was talking to someone recently who was thinking of digitizing their place and records and it’s fair to say that if you’re a hospital in the UK right now, there’s probably a lot of paper around. And before you even think about it. I think what you should be doing right now is putting barcodes all over your paper. So, step 1, indexing your paper is really an important thing to get right because it is going to be around for a while.

And then as we move forward, we need to think about how we can get from paper onto direct digital entries, so we need a strategy for that. So, first of all, have a strategy for the paper that you have, and then have a strategy for moving off the paper.