A new state-of-the-art laboratory system for the Black Country Pathology Service (BCPS) has been announced. It is hoped the new laboratory information management system (LIMS) will reduce clinical risk and provide more complete patient history across primary and secondary care. The new system will enable pathology services across the multiple hospital sites to work together more collaboratively than previously This will result in an enhanced service for clinicians and offers patients a centre of excellence providing all aspects of a quality pathology service.
CliniSys has been selected by BCPS as its chosen IT solutions partner, having progressed through a rigorous and diligent procurement process run via the Clinical IT Framework. CliniSys will be providing BCPS with a hosted IT solution, centred on its WinPath Enterprise network-optimised LIMS and with integrated end-to-end capability through the latest CliniSys ICE Enterprise order communications and result reporting solution.
The network will operate a hub-and-spoke service model with the hub located in showcase facilities at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, and essential service laboratories (ESLs) supporting acute services in the other partner sites at Dudley, Walsall and SWBH trusts. BCPS will provide a world-class pathology service to support clinical and patientt needs across the region.
The importance of a modern, flexible, agile and future-proofed IT solution to enable planned and future service transformation was recognised in the initial outline business case, and is acknowledged as a key contributor to the network’s success. WinPath Enterprise offers higher system availability, and improved patient care through better turnaround times, standard reference ranges and optimised workflows, in line with the Carter Report.