In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, electronic systems are becoming increasingly common in healthcare settings, but practical medical education in the UK continues to use paper-based methods.
SimEPR aims to address this ‘digital gap’ in clinical training by creating an educational experience that is more representative of true clinical practice and additionally equips future workforce with the skills to safely and confidently use electronic patient records. In turn, this will optimise patient outcomes by reducing the incidence of electronic system-related clinical errors.
SimEPR is an educational electronic patient record, featuring customisable patient scenarios, which can be integrated into routine simulation training for medical students and healthcare professionals. The technology replicates electronic notes, drug charts, observations and clinical investigations. In addition, it offers the ability to generate electronic prescriptions, electronic documentation and request investigations that update in real-time, so trainees can review the results of tests they have requested.
SimEPR was developed by Dr Arron Thind, a GP trainee. Throughout his training, he noticed a discrepancy between the use of electronic systems in clinical practice and the use of paper-based methods in routine medical training.
Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN has helped his work with peer support through its Innovation Leads Network and facilitated introductions to local medical schools and simulation experts.