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Docman and EMIS Health deliver best practice interoperability to support a paperless NHS across Blackpool

At the recent Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Health Informatics Strategy and Open Day, Docman and EMIS Health presented how the systems are providing “Information at the Point of Care” across the region.


Docman and EMIS Health presented a best practice example of the transfer of care process which utilises the systems across the region, providing interoperability and joined-up healthcare for providers, healthcare professionals and patients. This included a case study on the achievements in the area and the future roadmap to support the regional plans towards delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.

The presentation included an update on Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust utilising Docman Hub to send letters to GP practices electronically and directly into Docman GP at a Practice to quickly process. The Trust is currently sending Discharge Summaries, A&E letters and Maternity letters to GP practices through Docman Hub.

The Trust has now connected its Docman Hub with the Docman Hub at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and the Spire Healthcare Docman Hub. This enables letters to be sent to all of the connected GP practices, increasing the volume of electronic letters sent to practices outside of the local area. Blackpool and Morecambe Bay went live transmitting letters between Docman Hubs in May, all which would have previously been sent by paper.

To further  increase the number of documents transmitted, the platform is now relaying messages from the LPRES (Lancashire Patient Record Exchange System) platform through the Docman Hub and to the connected GP practices across Blackpool, Lancashire and Fylde and Wyre.

Docman also showcased Docman 10, the next generation in clinical content management and workflow. Docman 10 provides complete access to documents and data from anywhere at any time, supporting new care models and ways of working, accessed through a web browser.