PERFORMANCE: An ambulance service’s use of shared electronic patient records has helped avoid more than 2,000 accident and emergency admissions this financial year in Kent, local commissioners have estimated.

Intelligence Based Information System (IBIS) is a record keeping system that allows ambulance crews to have up to date information about a patient’s health – typically people with long term conditions – enabling them to make treatment interventions or decisions which may avoid the need for an A&E admission.

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group’s recent governing body papers described South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s use of IBIS.

The papers said: “Despite being sicker than average 999 patients, the IBIS cohort experiences a lower rate of conveyance to hospital than the general rate of conveyance. That obviously saves A&E attendances. The full year effect is probably well in excess of 2,000 admissions avoided, but could be much higher – and will mitigate several million pounds of upstream commissioner spend.”