12th September 2016
A project which shares health and social care information between 80 organisations across Cheshire has been shortlisted in a prestigious national award.
The Cheshire Care Record, built using Graphnet’s CareCentric software, stands out for its scope and for its ambition.
Over 80 organisations are already using the care record, and plans are now underway to integrate hospices and the ambulance service.
Next steps include introduction of patient access through the myCareCentric Patient Portal and to develop the shared record’s use in care planning.
The Cheshire Care Record is expected to lead to cash benefits of over £2m a year and substantial quality benefits such as improved multi-disciplinary team working, more efficient discharge processes to social care and community services, and reduced length of stay.
Participating organisations include two councils (Cheshire West & Chester Council and East Cheshire Council), three acute hospitals (Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Cheshire NHS Trust, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), mental health (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), cancer (Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust), community (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, East Cheshire NHS Trust), and four primary care localities (East Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal CCG, West Cheshire CCG).
The shared record project is a finalist in HSJ’s award for ‘Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information’.