1st June 2018
NHS England has today announced that Greater Manchester will become a Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) to establish an integrated health and care record across a large population.
Parts of Greater Manchester already use Graphnet CareCentric, which will be further adopted across the remaining areas. CareCentric works by connecting different systems and sharing information between them. Once complete, the programme will integrate information from 472 practices, 10 acute trusts, 10 councils, three mental health trusts, three out of hours providers and six community providers.
The shared care record will be overseen by a team of experts hosted by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which is a Global Digital Exemplar.
Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group said: “We are delighted to be able to leverage the expertise from Salford’s global digital exemplar and to work with partners across Greater Manchester to deliver the country’s foremost digital connectivity across the city region”.
The project is being led by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Health Innovation Manchester.
Stephen Dobson, chief information officer for the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “To deliver the best care today and in the future, it is vital that our health and care services can share information easily and that we use data to plan and change services to better meet people’s needs. We want our citizens to know that the care and treatment they receive in Greater Manchester is based on the best available information and that we will use their data safely and responsibly.”
Beverley Bryant, chief operating officer of the System C & Graphnet Care Alliance, said: “We are delighted to see Manchester integrate and expand its record in this way. There are massive benefits available from sharing data and it is very gratifying to see systems like this being deployed at scale and across large patient populations.”