About the University Hospital Center (CHU) of Liège

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The University Hospital Center (CHU) of Liège has more than 5000 employees spread over different sites, including 3 hospitals (CHU Sart Tilman, CHU-ND Bruyères and CHU Ourthe-Amblève), for a total of 895 beds.

The implementation of a Computerised Patient Record (CPR) has been one of the priorities for Liège University Hospital since the institutional strategic plan validated in May 2003.

Between 2004 and 2016, the University Hospital had a computerised patient file containing all the medical information (files and prescriptions), nurses (nursing file), paramedical and dietetic, but also a complete RIS-PACS at the level of medical imaging. Some specialised applications have also been implemented (e.g. nuclear medicine or radiotherapy software) and are integrated with the patient's CPR.

The implementation of such an integrated CPR brings the benefit of a real-time centralisation of information relating to the care of the patient, accessible to any authorised person avoiding the disadvantages and risks of paper documentation. The CPR is also a potential for standardisation of processes through a structuring of the medical file (minimum file common to all services), prescription schemes related to pathologies or specialties and care plans specific to the problems identified.

All medical equipment is also progressively connected to the CPR to integrate structured or unstructured data. More than 200 devices are currently connected.

All normal care units were equipped with an electronic "whiteboard" summarising the management of each patient, including alerts (drug not given). The content of these whiteboards has been defined with the care unit.

The entire data of the CPR in databases accessible by Business Intelligence tools currently accessible in the hospital from more than 5,000 workstations. It is also available from the outside by means of a secure connection implementing strong authentication with the identity card.

In 2016, the University Hospital of Liège saw its efforts internationally recognised reaching level 6 on the EMRAM scale.

The CPR and the RIS-PACS of the University Hospital of Liège allow today the exchange of data to the outside to ensure a better continuity of extramural care: the CHU of Liege is registered in the network of data exchange of the Walloon Health Network and its medical imaging is accessible via a specific portal.

The implementation of the strategic plan named CAP 2020 plan saw the launch of 32 new projects. These include the development of home-based hospitalisation, telemedicine, process improvement, improved data sharing with outpatients, and project-quality indicators based on IT data.

After having obtained the EMRAM 6 in 2016, the CHU remains in a dynamic of optimization of its medical informatics in order to remain in phase with the level 6 of the EMRAM 2.0 scale as well as to evolve towards the level 7.