Supporting the response to Covid-19 through
shared care records, population health and immunisation systems
Sharing information, and using that shared information to make complex decisions, has never been more important for the NHS and care services as they cope with each phase of Covid-19.
Our market leading CareCentric shared care record provides care professionals with a full, longitudinal health and social care record across organisations to enable truly integrated care. In response to the pandemic, we accelerated deployments, such as the Greater Manchester Care Record and the Surrey Care Record, and added specific Covid functionality e.g. a Covid summary page with patients’ information such as shielded status and test results, and alerts that automatically notify users of the most clinically important Covid-19 information whenever a patient’s shared record is accessed.
CareCentric is also used together with CarePlus to provide immunisation systems for child health, flu and Covid. CarePlus is the child health and immunisation solution from System C, part of the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance.
Our in-built population health platform uses the aggregated data contained in the shared care record to understand how Covid-19 is affecting the health and well-being of local communities and what services need to be in place. This platform can help plan the recovery of non-Covid services, prepare for winter demand pressures, and understand and then address health inequalities. For example, the Covid dashboards are assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the whole care system including cases, A&E activity, staff sickness, and bed and PPE availability, and the Enhanced Case Finding tool identifies, tracks and monitors patients in need of intervention.
Case Study 1: Providing the System of Record for the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in England
The National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) is the IT software provided by the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance that supports the management of the influenza and COVID-19 vaccination programmes across England.
It supports almost every aspect of the national vaccination services, from identifying prioritised patients to be vaccinated, through to recording vaccinations as they are given.
The system was commissioned for the enhanced winter flu programme in August 2020 ahead of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
The national COVID-19 system went live at the beginning of December 2020. It processes vaccinations given at 1,500 vaccination sites and feeds the NHS data store which is used to inform vaccination centre operations.
NIMS is the National Immunisation System of Record and provides data for Public Health England, NHS England and at ministerial level. Read more...
Case Study 2: Accelerated deployment of the GM Care Record to improve direct care and provide population health insight across Greater Manchester
Health and care organisations across Greater Manchester accelerated the deployment of the GM Care Record for all 2.8m citizens to provide frontline professionals with vital information in the fight against Covid-19. Rapid progress was made in weeks rather than months as part of the city region’s Covid-19 digital response plan and collaborative effort.
The GM Care Record uses CareCentric shared record software to collate information held by around 500 different health and care providers such as GP practices, hospitals, community and social care teams to ensure that doctors, nurses and practitioners providing care and treatment can see up to date medical records, medications and test results.
Greater Manchester has also adopted our inbuilt population health platform as part of its Covid-19 response and recovery plans. This platform supports Covid-19 analytics, monitoring and planning using anonymised data. This will be overseen by an expert group including members of the public, researchers and clinical leaders. Read more...
Case Study 3: Population health offers improved monitoring and reporting of Covid-19 in Berkshire and Frimley
We have been working with Frimley ICS and Berkshire West ICP to develop enhanced Covid-19 features in our Population Health solution, as part of their implementation of the CareCentric shared care record.
Patient groups can now be filtered interactively to identify and highlight cohorts to be monitored more closely i.e. Covid-19 patients, those at risk from Covid-19, or those with other health conditions who might need flagging and monitoring.
Further, a new COVID-19 dashboard and data tables have been created which display the clinical codes GPs, Out of Hours providers, NHS 111 and acute hospitals are attributing to patients (using new GP codes from EMIS, Vision and TPP, plus acute ICD10 codes). This is an important operational tool, but also helps plan and highlight potential pressure points. Read more...
“The GM Care Record supports clinical decision making by providing access to important information on medications, test results, care plans and social care support. All of which are essential to treating Covid-19 and other health conditions. The accelerated deployment of the single Greater Manchester record is a major step forward in ensuring patients are provided with the best possible care based on the most accurate and up to date information.
Guy Lucchi, Digital Innovation Director, Health Innovation Manchester