Primary Care News

Humberside benefits from TPP and EMIS information sharing

Patients across the Humber are benefitting from more joined-up healthcare thanks to the rollout of a new initiative to share information between EMIS Health and TPP.

The integration means healthcare professionals can now see up-to-date information about their patients, even if they’ve been treated somewhere else where their medical records are held on a different system.

Carol Waudby, Chief Operating Officer at City Health Care Partnership CIC in Hull, said: “The ability for clinicians, especially those working in urgent and unplanned care, to access the patient’s full clinical record, is key to the delivery of safe, effective and timely care. These initiatives are key to supporting real time sharing of key clinical information so that all clinicians consulting with patients can deliver the best possible care.”

“For example, care provided by an out of hours GP can be informed by access to the full clinical record – in turn, the very next working day, the patient’s own GP can see exactly what care and support their patient has had during the out of hours period, regardless of their chosen electronic system.”

The two organisations working together provides a number of services including out-of-hours GP appointments, community nursing and end-of-life care with improved access to medical records.

Dr Avinash Pillai, local GP and clinical lead for the project, said: “This not only improves the standard of care for our patients, but also makes better use of our clinicians’ time. It’s the first step towards a wider ambition to provide a fully-joined up digital care record across all health and social care providers.”

A short film was produced to demonstrate the benefits of interoperability: