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HTN 100: NHS to move to internet first, 1 in 5 trusts digital and CP-IS reaches 100%

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NHS to move to internet first

The NHS has announced it is to move away from private networks like N3 and HSCN to running services over the internet.

The Government Strategy seeks to make public sector digital services accessible over the internet by default.  Internet First is aligned with this ambition to support the Secretary of State’s digital vision for universal access to all health and social care digital services and the objectives of the NHS Long Term Plan. The move is hoped to remove some of the barriers and make it easier to build digital tools for the NHS, as any other sector.

NHS Digital is hosting a webinar to provide an overview of the Internet First Policy and Guidance to help health and social care organisations and suppliers  to understand its potential impact. NHS Digital is also seeking your views and comments.

1 in 5 trusts digital  

Research from OpenText obtained from a Freedom of Information request, issued to 74 NHS Trusts  with 52 responding has found 1 in 5 are digital.

Encouragingly, the new data revealed that the majority (62 percent) of Trusts have plans to digitise all patient records – with 21 percent aiming to become fully digitised within the next one to two years. In addition, one in five (21 percent) of Trusts are planning to become paperless within the next three to four years.

Tracey Lethbridge, head of UK public sector at OpenText, said:“Virtually every aspect of modern life has been radically reshaped by innovation and technology. Yet, in the UK, the delivery of healthcare remains locked into a service model created when the NHS was founded more than 70 years ago. The NHS is made up of hundreds of separate but linked organisations, and the burden of managing complex interactions and data flows between trusts, systems and individuals too often falls on patients.”

“With new Government guidelines in place, the ultimate goal is to empower healthcare organisations to evolve working practices and provide better patient care whilst reducing costs. One way to achieve this is to take a digital approach to information management. Through the creation of a “one patient, one record” environment, NHS clinicians can easily access the necessary information – regardless of where it is and in what form – to more effectively commission and monitor services that reflect the needs of patients. Ultimately, accurate and timely patient data is at the heart of delivering quality care and will ensure all front-line care staff can access this information where and when it is needed, boosting their productivity and enabling them to help more patients, more quickly.”

Child safeguarding system reaches 100 per cent roll-out in London

The Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) system has reached 100% coverage in London for the first time.

The project shares safeguarding information between health and children’s social care when a patient who is considered vulnerable and at risk turns up in an unscheduled NHS setting, such as an A&E or minor injury unit. This can then trigger earlier interventions and enable appropriate action to be taken to prevent or reduce future harm happening to children.  Between seven to nine thousand children are now being flagged in unscheduled care settings every month.

Executive Director of Product Development, at NHS Digital, Wendy Clark, said: “The Child Protection Information Sharing system is a fantastic example of using IT to provide interoperability across health and social care and enabling support services to protect young people who are most at need. It is now live in 142 local authorities providing an extra layer of protection for 180,000 of the most vulnerable children when they attend emergency and unscheduled health care settings in the NHS.  

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