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Graphnet partners First Databank to deliver medicines optimisation for CCGs

10th April 2013

Graphnet, the UK’s leading supplier of IT solutions for shared health and social care records, has announced a new partnership with First Databank ((FDBTM), the drug knowledge base provider, under which Graphnet will be integrating FDB’s Medicines Optimisation with its CareCentric product suite.

This will allow CCGs using CareCentric to analyse prescribing activity in real-time, and to produce up to date and detailed reports and business intelligence relating to patient care and prescribing behaviour.

CareCentric is widely used both as an electronic patient record within a single organisation, and as an electronic care record following a patient’s pathway across a whole health community. It connects to most of the major health and social care IT systems in use in the UK, including the majority of GP systems, combines the information collected into a single electronic health record, and allows users to analyse the data and compile both standard and ad hoc reports.

Under the terms of the agreement, Graphnet is integrating the AnalyseRx component of FDB’s Medicines Optimisation solution to drive clinically meaningful dashboards. These dashboards will present prescribing spends, as well as tracking anomalies and adherence to NHS-mandated safety and evidence-based best practice guidelines. Analyse RX provides high level analytics showing where population-level savings and quality improvements can be made. The accuracy of the analytics is superior as it reports on prescribing in the context of patient-level clinical characteristics not just the medication.

Graphnet’s managing director Andy Bratt said: “Partnership working is at the core of what we do.  This exciting relationship with FDB opens up a wealth of new ways in which Graphnet can support the NHS by helping them monitor prescribing activity and evaluate outcomes throughout the patient’s healthcare journey. “

Darren Nichols, managing director of FDB said: “Graphnet have demonstrated clear value through their CareCentric solutions to a wide variety of NHS health and social care staff. The addition of Medicines Optimisation to their portfolio enables a whole new complementary range of services in the key area of prescribing and medicines management.”

CareCentric is used by over 30,000 NHS and social services staff, holding data on 17m people.