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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust choose Ascribe Emergency Department and BI solutions to deliver improved patient safety

6th December 2012 - Ascribe is pleased to announce the sale of its market leading Emergency Care clinical IT solution to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust ("County Durham & Darlington"). The solution will be initially installed in the Acute Emergency Departments at Durham University Hospital and Darlington Memorial Hospital, and will provide a single interface for clinically managing patients across the Trust. Using the latest integration technology in clinical information systems from Ascribe, their Health Application Platform, Ascribe's Emergency Care solution (Symphony) will integrate with the Trust's existing Ascribe clinical systems, including the Ascribe CaMIS EPR. The solution will also enable County Durham & Darlington to go paperless across their Emergency Care departments.

A second phase to deliver Ascribe Unscheduled Care solution across all Urgent Care settings is also available. Ascribe's Emergency Care solution is locally configurable and allows real-time workflow monitoring against national standards. It provides clinicians with a visually rich interface that tracks patients from their point of admission through to discharge. Whilst capable of drawing upon clinical and administrative patient data from multiple sources, including the Summary Care Record, the solution captures all clinical aspects of the Patient Journey and automates the generation of clinical reports, freeing clinicians to focus on providing care.

In addition to the standard configuration, County Durham and Darlington have requested that Ascribe's Emergency Care solution should automatically generate detailed clinical discharge messages for all attendances, these notes are to be sent to all appropriate clinicians.

The Ascribe ED system to be implemented at County Durham & Darlington includes patient triage and tracking, clinical orders, bed management, multidisciplinary progress notes and clinical documentation and a Business Intelligence data reporting solution designed by Ascribe's Consultancy team. It will deliver a fully electronic workflow for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff within the project budget and timeline.

Andrew Izon, Associate Director of Health Informatics at the Trust commented "Ascribe's Emergency Care system will ultimately replace three legacy clinical systems across all of our Acute Emergency Care Centres and Unscheduled Care Admissions Units. It will provide a single registration process and a shared clinical emergency care database at County Durham & Darlington for the first time. This joined-up approach fits with the Trust's strategic goals; it will benefit our patients and provide our clinicians with a market leading and functionally rich IT system; helping to reduce some of their administrative workload and allowing more time to be spent with patients."

Stephen Critchlow, CEO of Ascribe, commented "I am delighted that County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust have selected Ascribe's Emergency Care and Consultancy solutions. We are committed to improving patient safety by ensuring clinicians have access to a complete health record for each patient as they diagnose and recommend care pathways. This order marks the next phase in our strategic relationship with County Durham and Darlington."


For further information, please contact:
Claire Shuttleworth, Marketing Coordinator, Ascribe Ltd
[email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 870 053 4545

Australasia contact: Catrina Dwyer [email protected]
[email protected]

About Ascribe's Emergency Department solution
Ascribe Symphony is a Microsoft Windows (TM) based clinical information system designed to improve patient healthcare by providing clinicians and clerical staff with a comprehensive clinical information access & retrieval IT solution. The solution is locally configurable and allows real-time monitoring against national standards, enabling users to measure improvements against key performance standards. The system can operate either on a stand-alone basis or it can be integrated into existing computer systems.

"Ascribe's Emergency Department solution is now a valuable tool in our clinical patient management, the system also provides us with the data we need to manage the department and patient care more efficiently." Dr Peter Archer

The system allows departments to monitor patient's progress, allocate resources and track performance targets. Ascribe's solution is installed in Emergency Departments in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Australia. Over 20 million patients in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Asia Pacific have been registered on Ascribe Symphony. To help improve patient safety during handover and when reviewing patient progress, Ascribe's Emergency Department solution is capable of securely displaying patient data on authorised Apple® iPad® and smartphone devices.

About Ascribe Consulting
Informing healthcare decisions using appropriate information, and improving health outcomes through the use of informed clinical intelligence have always been at the heart of Ascribe's vision and mission. Ascribe Consulting has established itself as a trusted partner in over 70 NHS Trusts and provides a wide range of health and social care organisations with access to performance KPIs, operational or clinical dashboards or direct access to data using analytical tools.

About County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest non-teaching trusts in the NHS. With over 8,000 staff, the Trust serves a population of around 600,000 people across County Durham and Darlington, and into North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, and the South of Tyne area. The Trust's vision is to deliver excellent healthcare in hospital, home and community, based upon two strategic priorities: firstly, to sustain and develop our position as the premier provider of healthcare to the people and communities of County Durham & Darlington, and secondly, to become the best Foundation Trust in the NHS.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust provide acute hospital services from two main sites: Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham as well as planned care from Bishop Auckland Hospital. The Trust also provide community hospital services from Shotley Bridge and Chester-le-Street community hospitals as well as a range of outpatient, community and outreach services from other sites.

About Ascribe
From trust-wide EPR solutions through to individual departmental clinical systems and services, Ascribe is able to deliver IT solutions that cater to all secondary care clinical requirements. Using a professional Consultancy division, Ascribe also delivers a comprehensive range of Integration and Business Intelligence solutions based on Microsoft® & other third party IT suppliers to significantly improve clinical and operational efficiencies, to improve patient safety and reduce operating costs.

The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner.

"The system paid for itself in two months", Senior NHS Clinical Manager.

Ascribe employs 300 personnel through its operating companies in the UK, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, please visit

© Ascribe 2012. Ascribe is a registered trademark. All other brands and product names and trademarks are the registered property of their respective companies.

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