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Graphnet completes three interoperability toolkit projects

8th May 2013

Graphnet Health has successfully completed three interoperability toolkit projects working in partnership with the NHS. The projects involved developing ITK-compliant links for data sharing between professionals working across multiple care settings and between care professionals and patients.

The links were developed in partnership with the Central Midlands CSU (formerly the Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT), with Solent NHS Trust, and with the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH).  All three projects were part of the government’s Information Sharing Challenge Fund.

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Project details:

1. Solent NHS Trust, a community and mental health trust, has used the interoperability toolkit funding to develop an ITK-compliant feed from its RiO system into the Hampshire Health Record.  The Hampshire Health Record (HHR), an electronic care record built using Graphnet’s CareCentric software, combines primary care, social care and community health information with information taken from multiple NHS Trusts across Hampshire. It holds information on over 1.3m patients and 142 GP practices are feeding into the system.

The link will enable patient data from Solent to be shared automatically with GP practices, hospital pharmacists, A&E consultants, social care workers, out of hours staff and other users who can access the HHR. It is expected to bring significant clinical and efficiency benefits.

2. The Central Midlands CSU (formally Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT) has developed an ITK link between primary and secondary care.  Care professionals in the Heart of Birmingham area have access to a CareCentric shared care record for patients, showing NHS encounters across all care providers, including Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and over 70 local GP practices.  

The acute Trust currently accesses patient data by a single sign-on from its iPM system. The ITK-link will provide the Trust with a web-based view of patient demographics, allergies and medicines information.

It is part of a wider initiative to develop a Central Care Record (CCR) across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, giving health and social care professionals immediate access to relevant clinical information when they need it – and without having to replace existing IT systems.

3. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH) has used the interoperability toolkit funding to develop a patient portal which will allow patients to view information held on the Trust’s electronic patient record. Once deployed later this year, patients will be able to log into the portal to view their hospital appointments, discharge summaries and results.

RJAH is already using CareCentric to deliver a fully operational EPR for hospital and community-based clinicians, with links to the Trust’s PAS, pathology and radiology systems.  Multi-stage discharge documentation, including hospital prescribed medications, is transmitted electronically to GPs.  Data collection proformas, built using the CareCentric CAMS Adaptive Care Documents, are widely used across the Trust.  

Andy Bratt, managing director of Graphnet, said the company was an enthusiastic supporter of the ITK and was delighted to have the opportunity to work with Graphnet users as part of the ISCF initiative.   “Graphnet’s business is all about providing interoperable clinical solutions across all care settings and with interfaces to a huge range of systems,” he said.  “We see ITK as a significant initiative in facilitating data sharing between different systems and care organisations.“

The Graphnet CareCentric product suite is designed to support the delivery of integrated care services by providing a single view of patient data, extracted from across a whole health community.

As part of the ISCF projects, Graphnet won ITK accreditation for CareCentric Highway and Gateway, its messaging and portal viewer products, and all three NHS partner organisations have successfully met the ISCF completion deadline.