What is Apollo?
Apollo will be the most ambitious programme of clinical pathway transformation we have undertaken. Powered by Epic software, a new electronic health record (EHR) system will replace many of the systems we currently use with a single, integrated and comprehensive source of information. We plan to roll out this programme at King’s from late 2023.
Staff will be able to access the information they need more efficiently so that they spend more time with our patients. This change will also help patients to play a more active role in their health as a partner in their own care. They'll be able to securely access their patient record from the comfort of their home and staff will have access to patient records at the click of a button from any location.
The programme will not only deliver our new Epic EHR system but will help to improve and implement other new technologies. We will be investing in a significant upgrade to our core network, integrating medical devices, introducing speech recognition technologies and intuitive reporting solutions.
We are calling the implementation of our EHR programme Apollo for many reasons:
Apollo reflects our ambition: the programme will include Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals – following their merger in February. It will include more specialist services than any other UK Epic implementation to date, as well as our community services.
Apollo reflects the task at hand: Epic will transform the way that all our staff work. At the right time every one of us will have a role to play in successful implementation that will extend into all corners of the organisation.
Apollo reflects the difference we'll make: from going live in late 2023, Epic will transform the way that our services are delivered and how our patients engage with us and get involved in their healthcare. It will bring unique opportunities for research from basic science, through better data capture, to patient-driven service improvements and greater efficiency.