17th September 2014
Clinicians at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust are using CareCentric to get direct access to their patients’ GP records from within the Trust’s own electronic patient record system.
It means that at the click of a button, in front of the patient, clinical staff at the acute Trust are able to call up that patient’s primary care and community records without having to log onto a separate system or reselect the patient.
In all, 40 GP practices are feeding into CareCentric and making their patient records available to acute staff. The Trust has embedded CareCentric into its in house clinical web portal providing a transparent link between the two systems.
“You just click on the CareCentric Embedded button in the portal and ‘bang’ – you’ve suddenly got the GP in the room with you,” said Simon Parton, head of software services at the Royal Wolverhampton.
“This is something the clinicians have wanted for some considerable time,” he added. “It gives clinicians assurance and back-up. By bringing together GP, community, and acute data they get a much more complete picture of their patient’s needs.”
Beyond speed and convenience, the Trust is also looking to benefit from reduced paper notes and improved security associated with web-based storage.
Dr Baldev Singh, a consultant and the Trust’s clinical director of information technology, described having access to GP records from within the Trust as ‘absolutely brilliant’. “As soon as the software went live, its use spread like wild fire around the A&E department”, he said.
Elsewhere, Wolverhampton CCG is already using CareCentric to pull information from GPs in its area. It uses that information to provide a single electronic record for the 16,500 people in its area with diabetes. It also uses CareCentric business intelligence solution to analyse and risk stratify data collected and combined from GP practices and the NHS Trust.
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