Dorset Care Record expands with physical health data and new datasets

The Dorset Care Record (DCR) is expanding this month to include community physical health data and new datasets such as allergy information and clinic letters.

Allergy information from University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital is to be available this month through the DCR. It means allergy details from across the county’s acute hospitals will be in one place.

The physical health data to be added includes information from community hospital inpatient stays, therapy services and district nursing alongside other services that use TPP SystmOne.

University Hospitals Dorset have also added clinic letters into the DCR as well as electronic inpatient and emergency discharge summaries.

The new feeds from the acute hospitals follows the successful introduction of children’s demographics information from Dorset Council, meaning that all of the local authority’s adult and children’s records are now available through the DCR.

The data that will be visible to a viewer is:

  • encounters – a view showing a complete record for the patient during the occasion within that service
  • problems and issues – each module will display any items recorded during referrals
  • referrals – referrals in and discharges can be viewed to provide partners with an idea of patient history
  • observations – available to view in chronological order by date and saved time
  • sensitive and restricted records in SystmOne will be respected in the data view. This applies to whole records or specific data items that patients have chosen not to share
  • Looked after children and safeguarding units will not display within the data.

Peter Gill, Senior Reporting Officer for the DCR and Director of Informatics at University Hospitals Dorset “I’m really pleased with the additional feeds entering the DCR. Greater integration across our health and social care settings brings coordinated and safer care for people of Dorset and a greater understanding among professionals of the treatment required for them. Data really does save lives.”

Gary Birks, Orion Health General Manager for Great Britain and Ireland, said: “Since its initial go-live in 2018, the DCR has steadily built out the information available within it and become increasingly useful to its users.”

“This is reflected in the growth from 2,200 records accessed in July 2019 to over 14,000 last month. We look forward to supporting the DCR’s busy roadmap of upcoming additions to data and functionality, all in the interest of improved patient care.”