Black Country and West Birmingham ICS set for shared care record

Black Country and West Birmingham ICS is set to introduce its shared care record working with Graphnet Health.

The ICS has partnered with Graphnet to deliver the shared record across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham, to cover 1.5 million residents across the area.

Once the project is complete, the ICS plans to connect with neighbouring counties, such as Shropshire and Staffordshire who launched its ‘One Health and Care record’ programme last year.

The shared record will be used to provide health and care professionals with access to information including a person’s medications, social care packages, end of life details, care plans and COVID-19 data.

The organisations involved include: GP practices in the Black Country and West Birmingham, The Dudley Group NHS FT, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Black Country Healthcare NHS FT, Dudley Integrated Health and Care Trust, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, Wolverhampton City Council, and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Mike Hastings, Digital Lead for the Black Country and West Birmingham Integrated Care System, said: “This exciting project is all about providing safe, efficient, joined-up care and ensuring that professionals get the same view of their patients’ information no matter where in the Black Country and West Birmingham they are caring for them.”

The company will also provide an intelligence platform to the ICS to support population health management.

As part of HTN’s feature series, we recently focused on shared care records, highlighing four key things to consider when implementing shared care records and Humber, Coast and Vale’s shared care records journey.