TECHNOLOGY: Integrated care records for 6,000 patients are now being shared between NHS and social care workers in Manchester.

The shared records are intended to help new multidisciplinary teams working across three clinical commissioning group areas, as they aim to keep patients out of hospital.

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The integrated digital records are used by 900 health and care workers

Data has been combined from three acute trusts – Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, and University Hospitals of South Manchester FT – 90 GP practices and Manchester City Council’s social services department. 

Plans are also in place to deliver records from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and North West Ambulance Service Trust this year. 

Existing systems used by each service feed into the shared records, which have been created by IT firm Graphnet Health.

The patient plans, currently used by about 900 registered users, remove the need to enter information twice, and means records are kept up to date when new information is entered on local systems.

The project covers North Manchester, South Manchester and Central Manchester CCGs.

Ed Dyson, the project sponsor and assistant chief officer at Central Manchester CCG, said it could be possible for the records to be used across Greater Manchester, to feed into the devolution project, but this is not planned for the time being.

He added: “This has been unusually difficult to do, especially feeding in the data from the acute trusts.

“Record sharing like this is certainly not widespread and I don’t think anyone has done it to this extent, but I think it’s something that patients would assume happens already.”

More than £100,000 has been invested in the infrastructure to run the project, which has so far been focused on patients at high risk of being admitted to hospital.

When a new patient plan is created, specific details such as patient management, crisis and risk planning, core team and specialist services, informal carer and next of kin details are combined with information such as medications, allergies and investigations from the shared care record. It is then kept up to date by users across the care community.

Meanwhile, live feeds of hospital patient activity from the three acute trusts provide summarised information on acute inpatient, outpatient and emergency department attendances, and discharges, as well as future appointments and results from hospital pathology tests.