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BMJ Best Practice selected for EHR integration

with RiO at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

BMJ Best Practice selected for EHR integration

Healthcare professionals will have easy access to the latest clinical information within the patient workflow

BMJ’s clinical decision support tool BMJ Best Practice has been selected by Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) to be integrated into their RiO system from 8 February. This integration will allow healthcare professionals to easily access the latest clinical information within the patient workflow - helping to improve outcomes.

Healthcare professionals at CNTW will be able to see a ‘BMJ Best Practice’ search bar at the top of their RiO Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This allows healthcare professionals to quickly search BMJ Best Practice topics and clinical information in the same way they would use the search function on the BMJ Best Practice website or app. 

Jonathan XXX, Chief Clinical Information Officer, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust said: “The EHR system integration was a seamless process and we are delighted to be able to give our easy access to the latest clinical information from BMJ Best Practice. By more closely integrating evidence-based knowledge resources into our clinical IT systems, we can reduce the information barriers, increase our uptake of evidence, and improve patient outcomes.”

There is growing evidence of the effectiveness of integrating clinical decision support into electronic systems that healthcare professionals use. A study by Tao et al. showed that the clinical decision support systems (CDSS) integrated with BMJ Best Practice improved the accuracy of clinicians’ diagnoses.1 Shorter confirmed diagnosis times and hospitalisation days were also found to be associated with CDSS implementation in retrospective real-world studies. 

BMJ Best Practice supports other types of integration, including: 

  • URL integration: a shortcut to the BMJ Best Practice website which automatically authenticates access for healthcare professionals 
  • HL7 Infobutton which provides links to specific BMJ Best Practice topics from patients’ problems list in the Electronic Patient Record (EPR). Free-text searching and the use of standard medical codes such as SNOMED-CT and ICD-10 are supported. Please visit for further information.

BMJ is also actively involved in developing the future of decision support EHR integration by collaborating with key initiatives such as the SMART Health IT platform and SMART on FHIR.

Louise Crowe, Director of Knowledge, BMJ, said: “Healthcare professionals need quick and easy access to the latest clinical information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions, and this is what BMJ Best Practice provides. We are excited to be collaborating with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust to support NHS staff and patients at the point of care, and would like to replicate this success with other trusts in the UK.”

All NHS staff and learners in England can use BMJ Best Practice for free, funded by Health Education England (HEE). BMJ and HEE would like to encourage other NHS Trusts to come forward for EHR integration by contacting



Notes to editors

BMJ Best Practice is funded by Health Education England, and available free to all NHS staff and learners. This partnership between BMJ and Health Education England, Evidence on Demand: Best Practice Bring Evidence to the Bedside, is shortlisted for the 2021 HSJ Partnership Awards, Best Educational Programme for the NHS category. Find out more at

About BMJ Best PracticeRanked one of the best clinical decision support tools worldwide, BMJ Best Practice provides the latest evidence-based information to underpin diagnosis and treatment decisions. Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines, and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention.

About Health Education England: Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

About HSJ Partnership Awards: The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise the most effective collaborations with the NHS highlighting the benefits which working with the private and third sectors can bring to patients and NHS organisations.

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider with a vision of helping to create a healthier world. We share knowledge and expertise to improve experiences and outcomes worldwide. See our full list of products and resources at


1Accuracy and Effects of Clinical Decision Support Systems Integrated With BMJ Best Practice–Aided Diagnosis: Interrupted Time Series Study. JMIR Med Inform 2020;8(1):e16912

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