Two built-in care methods are working collectively to deploy a single digital affected person file throughout the area’s 5 acute trusts.
Cornwall and Devon built-in care methods (ICSs) are within the technique of creating a “strategic define case” for a shared digital affected person file (EPR).
Latest board papers from College Hospitals Plymouth – one of many acute trusts within the area – confirmed the organisation was working with companions “throughout the peninsula” to develop the file.
A spokesperson for NHS Devon Medical Commissioning Group (CCG), which varieties a part of the Devon ICS, mentioned: “We’re at present working with all of the peninsula trusts to outline what a system-wide profit case would appear like for a single EPR. A strategic define case is because of be accomplished later this yr.”
It’s not but identified if the ICSs have a most well-liked provider for the EPR. Royal Devon and Exeter Basis Belief, one of many trusts within the peninsula, just lately went reside with an EPR from US agency Epic.
Digital Well being Information has beforehand reported that neighbouring hospital Torbay and South Devon Basis Belief has fast-tracked its EPR plans utilizing cash allotted as a part of the federal government’s ’40 new hospitals’ programme.
The acute and group belief was considered one of 40 hospitals allotted funding below the federal government’s £3.7bn plan to construct 40 new hospitals by 2030.
All acute trusts throughout the Cornwall and Devon peninsula, other than Royal Devon and Exeter, obtained funding from the programme.
Wider digital agenda
Digital transformation is a key precedence for the ICSs, with different tasks at present underway to ship extra joined up care throughout the area.
Devon ICS is ready to ship a single EPR throughout hospices within the area, with an finish purpose of system-wide integration of EPRs throughout the area.
There’s additionally a concentrate on “enabling efficient communication between scientific methods in Cornwall”.
The work is supported by £8.8million system-led funding.
Alongside EPR programmes, there’s additionally work underway to developed extra built-in care providers.
NHS Devon CCG has put out a £167million tender for an built-in pressing care service for Devon.
The service can be anticipated to supply “quick access to pressing well being care providers that’s absolutely built-in with all features of the system – by means of NHS 111”, based on the tender discover.
A scientific evaluation technique of 111 calls will then be used to signal submit sufferers to the right well being skilled.
“The core imaginative and prescient for the IUC [integrated urgent care] service in Devon builds upon the success of NHS 111 in simplifying entry for sufferers and growing the boldness that they, commissioner, well being professionals and most significantly the general public have in providers.”