UK's Bolton NHS Trust Plans on Broader Open Source Eye Care Record Uptake

Neil Merret | Government Computing | May 9, 2017

Having this year gone live with OpenEyes software devised by another trust, hospital body now looking to expand functionality and user base among other trusts Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is committed to integrating a growing number of paper-based processes for optical care onto the OpenEyes open source patient record software that was initially developed by Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

David HaiderDavid Haider, Chief Clinical Information Officer and consultant ophthalmologist with the trust, said that the web-based records application went live on January 31 to be used in the context of cataract cases as part of the first phase of a wider implementation plan.  Haider said that over the coming years, the trust planned to move more functions onto OpenEyes.

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is talking to a number of other local trusts to ensure wider community support and adoption, with wider uptake of the technology expected to better future-proof the open source eye care record for NHS use. Haider said adoption of the open source solution was backed through a £490,000 NHS tech fund award.  This was used largely to support the implementation of computers and network points for the trust’s eye unit, as well as allowing for the replacement of a number of existing devices that could not be safely connected to the hospital network...