The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record has formed a new partnership with Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care System (ICS) to connect a further 1.1 million people to the care record.
With Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS joining the programme, it means 132 GP practices, University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicestershire Partnership Trust, Leicester City Council, Leicester County Council, Rutland Council and Community Pharmacy, will become connected as part of phase one. Phase two will aim to connect the East Midland Ambulance Service, NHS 111, care homes and local hospices.
The Yorkshire & Humber Care Record, using technology from Synanetics, now combines four regions including the Humber, Coast & Vale; South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw; and West Yorkshire & Harrogate ICSs.
The programme was one of five Local Health and Care Record exemplars, receiving £7.5 million in national funding over 18 months. In April 2020, the programme became funded by the three Integrated Care Systems, and now Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS.
Dr Rowan Sil, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Clinical Lead for Information Management and Technology, commented on the news: “After a thorough assessment of all the viable options for the region it was agreed that the YHCR would provide the best value for public money whilst having a shared ownership of the solution.
“We have joined the YHCR to enable our LLR organisations to keep our existing electronic clinical and care systems that provide continuity for their current needs, whilst also progressing our ambition for a shared care record.”
Dr John Byrne, Senior Responsible Officer for the Yorkshire and Humber Care Record, added: “We are delighted to welcome our new members to the team. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland share similar values and principles to ourselves and they will bring new ideas, solutions and challenges to the evolving work of this programme.”