Barton Clark

Barton Clark

Senior Project Manager

Information Management & Technology Department at Kingston Hospital (Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

Biography: Barton is an experienced IT project manager at Kingston Hospital with strong analytical skills. He started his career as a coder in the finance industry and joined Kingston Hospital in 2007 to oversee the migration of patient data to the new Cerner Millennium EPR system. Throughout his time at Kingston Hospital, Barton has successfully managed many challenging projects. His current project involves implementing an electronic document management system at Kingston to support the Trust’s goal of becoming paperless.

South West London ICL Digital Pioneer Fellowship project summary: The EDMS project closed at Kingston in March 2023. To facilitate an acceptance of work that removed paper Health Records (a mainstay of patient care over the past decades) and instead display them electronically, the project adopted an approach of “paper-light” rather than paperless. A phase 2 project has been proposed – developing from the capital of an already deployed EDMS – including further workflow shifts aimed to reduce the necessity of paper, streamlining the creation of paper and managing paperwork more effectively where it cannot be easily removed.

Estimated number of patients / staff impacted by the project: Patients: All patients may notice the absence of a potentially large paper file, created specifically for them and containing paper notes and records from their previous visits. Staff: All Health Records staff (who now print a slim folder to support every outpatient appointment or inpatient stay). All the couriers who dispatch these folders. All Patient Pathway Co-ordinators who locally manage the folders. All clinical staff (who, to varying degrees, utilise the folders before they are returned to Health Records).

Goal(s) for time on the South West London ICL Digital Pioneer Fellowship: Barton is seeking mentoring and tuition to improve his skills in creating well-constructed business cases. He hopes to connect with other individuals in the SWL community who share his interests and can offer opportunities for collaboration, learning, and knowledge sharing.