New system joins up diabetes health records
Patient diabetes records are being shared between healthcare trusts and healthcare professionals seamlessly in Northern Ireland, as a result of new technology.
Interfaces have enabled the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR), to be populated with diabetes data.
This means staff in primary and secondary settings now have real time access to past history, existing conditions and medication regimes of people under their care.
Healthcare services in Northern Ireland are delivered through Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Western Health and Social Care Trust.
‘Shared decision making’
It means consultants, doctors, nurses, social workers and GPs can be assured that treatment protocols are being followed in an appropriate and timely fashion
Data captured through the trusts’ diabetes systems is automatically transmitted to the NIECR through standard clinical correspondence processes, which follow outpatient appointments.
Healthcare professionals can therefore monitor the status of individual patients as they move along the pathway.
Gary Loughran, ehealth programme manager, from the Business Services Organisation (BSO ITS), the company responsible for the delivery of the NIECR system, said: “Having this data automatically transmitted to the centralised record is driving significant improvements for the delivery of patient care across the whole of Northern Ireland.
“It means consultants, doctors, nurses, social workers and GPs can be assured that treatment protocols are being followed in an appropriate and timely fashion, facilitating shared decision making and accelerating the most appropriate intervention where necessary.
“It’s important that HCPs are able to make clinical decisions based on full knowledge of all clinical factors such as past history, existing conditions and medication regimes.
The outcome means there is more joined-up, shared decision making which ultimately means improved patient care.
The system has been introduced by software and consultancy provider Hicom.