Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust partners with InterSystems to launch new Shared Health and Care Record
InterSystems’ HealthShare, an advanced interoperability platform, is underpinning the new shared health and care record, which unifies patient data from multiple sources
Eton, 15 July 2022 – InterSystems, a creative data technology provider, is partnering with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop a new shared health and care record, which is being rolled out across Bedfordshire and Luton. The record is bringing together residents’ health and care data from all local health and social care providers, allowing health and care professionals access to a complete picture of a patient’s health and care, helping them make more informed decisions.
InterSystems’ HealthShare advanced interoperability platform has been in deployment at the Trust since September 2020 and in live operation since April 2021. This is providing the foundation for the hospitals new clinical portal, which launched in April 2022.The portal provides a single point of access to relevant primary and secondary patient data for direct care purposes, helping Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Health and Care Partnership, the Integrated Care System that brings together all NHS and local authority partners across the area, achieve more integrated, coordinated care.
Since the partnership began in 2020, the ICS has seen a strong take up in Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable University Hospital and with GP surgeries across the entire BLMK area and clinicians are seeing the benefits. For example, GPs have gained access to relevant hospital information when managing complex cases and hospital clinicians are able to reconcile regular medications on a patient’s admission more efficiently.
The new clinical portal builds on advances already made and work is underway to include patient and service user data from additional health and social care sources such as local councils, the ambulance service and other shared care records across England.
By facilitating flows of information between different systems, the partnership will also help deliver on the Health and Social Care Bill 2022, by addressing the barriers to joined up working via support for data sharing between health and social care.
Mark Thomas, Chief Information Officer at Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Health and Care Partnership says: “It’s hard to overstate the importance information sharing in the health and care sector. InterSystems is supporting us in Bedfordshire and Luton, offering local health and care professionals access to the most accurate, holistic and up-to-date information about the residents they look after and deliver on efforts to achieve more integrated care across the NHS.”
Chris Norton, Managing Director, UK and Ireland at InterSystems says: “Achieving better and more joined up care requires close collaboration between various organisations including, but not limited to, local councils, the NHS, and other partners. A shared health and care record – which could not be possible without widespread interoperability – plays an instrumental role in making that possible. We’re very proud to be partnering with Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust and supporting BLMK Health and Care Partnership in this effort to join up health and care and are excited to see what else we will go on to achieve over the coming months.”