14th May 2019
Graphnet is this week celebrating its 25th anniversary of working in partnership with the NHS.
Formed in 1994, the company pioneered the development of the structured medical record, working on a NHS England-funded pilot at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Its first EPR customers also included the Royal Brompton Hospital, Trafford Hospital and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – partnerships that continue to this day.
The National Programme for IT forced a change in emphasis, with Graphnet moving into combining GP, acute, community information as an important step in improving the quality and speed of care to selected groups of patients. Early examples were Salford, Stockport and Wolverhampton.
This led to the development of the CareCentric shared record software and the creation of a new market for cross-community shared care records.
The original founders and directors – Tony Sharer, Dave Garnett and James Leeming - retired in the last five years. Sadly, both Tony and Dave have since passed away – Tony in 2018 and Dave in 2016.
Since 2013 Graphnet has engaged in a major push into the shared record market and has enjoyed strong year-on-year growth.
Today, CareCentric holds health and care information on 14m patients. It underpins the delivery of integrated care services across multiple Integrated Care Systems including Greater Manchester, and it has been selected as the core technology for the flagship Local Health and Care Record exemplar programme in Thames Valley and Surrey.
Graphnet is now working on the next generation of record sharing – bringing the benefits of personal health records, care planning, care-community wide workflows, and advanced population health to all its customers.