The London NHS Trust could use this system for the recording of administrative and clinical patient data and information such as order entry, physician and nursing notes, electrocardiograms, medical and radiology graphs, pharmacy orders, and laboratory tests. For the London NHS Trust, it has the ability to organise relevant data concerning patients and present it to clinicians across the trust in supporting clinical decisions at points of care. It could also involve the Bar Code Medication Administration System, which utilises wireless technology at points of care using a scanner (Dopson, 2012: 37).
The use of electronic health systems would be an appreciated and successful tool if well implemented across the London NHS Trust. To begin with, it could eliminate errors that mostly arise from the loss of physical, medical records that are paper based. In NHS trusts across the UK, at least one in seven hospital admissions have been found to result from loss or lack of medical records and, therefore, inadequate information at points of care (Newgard et al. , 2012: 218). In addition, some twenty percent of laboratory tests have to be repeated because health care providers cannot access the results.
By using the electronic health record system, the London NHS Trust has the opportunity to set a national benchmark with regard to healthcare quality while also ensuring that healthcare costs per patient remain the same as they have been for years. However, this transformation of health record systems does not occur through the purchase of IT systems and their installation in points of care across the NHS trusts. It involves a cultural transformation that needs a solid foundation via the training and preparation of health care staff that will be required to utilise the systems (Star et al. , 2011: 310).
This also requires the establishment of health information classes with accompanying diplomas and degrees. Moreover, a credentialing process is necessary: it has the objective of ensuring that the legitimacy and credibility of these training and education tools are widely acknowledged (Baker et al. , 2009: 281). As a cultural change, the implementation of electronic health records system also requires regulation aimed at safeguarding the privacy of patients, as well as how the records are handled.
This requisite cultural change will also emphasize the requirement to continue improving education with regards to delivery of healthcare at London NHS trust, as well as improvement in understanding the inner dynamics and complexity of the entire system.