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The Care and Health Information Exchange migrates to Orion Health platform

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s Care and Health Information Exchange (CHIE), believed to be one of the oldest and most extensive shared care records in England, has completed a move to Orion Health’s platforms.

The Exchange, which began life as the Hampshire Health Record 17 years ago, completed the move in March.

The company said the transition will support the care record to expand and develop, with the programme to extend to new settings, starting with care homes, so that healthcare professionals can have more out-of-hours and emergency information about residents.

The CHIE will also continue to develop by increasing the ‘breadth and depth’ of data it shares, aiming to provide users with more information to support timely decision-making. Since the switch in early spring, 130,000 patient records have been viewed.

Ben Panton, Programme Manager at South Central and West, the NHS support and transformation service that supports CHIE on behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS), said: “A lot of hard work has been put in over 18 months to move the record onto Orion Health, and there has been terrific collaboration between Orion Health, CHIE and all its partners to make it happen.

“From the project management and the technology side we were pleased to see the final feeds move over, and all our users on the new system. But the work doesn’t stop there. We are now planning an iterative process to improve the product, to bring in more data, and to increase the number of users.

“We are also planning to work closely with the Dorset Care Record, which uses Orion Health, as part of our Wessex Care Record partnership introducing interoperability between the two systems, so that clinical and care professionals in Dorset have access to CHIE and vice-versa.

“NHS England and NHSX are pushing for every area of England to have a ‘basic’ or ‘minimum viable solution’ shared care record in place by September. CHIE has been recognised as a national leader in this area, and the move to Orion Health will enable us to build on its achievements.”

Dr Emma Davis, a local GP and clinical lead for CHIE, commented: “This transition has been an exciting opportunity to progress CHIE and enhance the ability of health and care professionals to provide joined-up care to their patients. I am looking forward to continuing our collaboration with Orion Health to drive forward the use of technology in health and social care.”

Gary Birks, General Manager at Orion Health, added: “We are delighted to see the hard work in migrating CHIE onto the new Orion Health platform pay off and are looking forward to supporting its further development alongside the Dorset Care Record and the Wessex Care Record to support care across the Wessex region.