I have hazy memories of going to see the family doctor as a child. I remember busy waiting rooms, the scent of hygiene, and secretive brown paper sleeves hiding the details of previous visits. After decades of computerisation, electronic records now replace the paper notes. But, is the clandestine sense of possession still there?
Over 22% of the UK population has at least one long-term condition. That's more than 15 million people with conditions that have no cure. Managing these patients' chronic diseases for the rest of their lives will be expensive. There's a human cost too. How does living with one or more long-term condition impact a patient's quality of life?
Most GP practices collaborate with local practices and other healthcare service providers. Sharing patient records can enhance or even enable collaborative healthcare services. We're talking about sharing the most sensitive personal information. How do you make sure you're only sharing what you need to, and only with the people who need to see it?
Interoperability is a peculiar word. It sounds like something that is expensive and complicated that demands advanced IT skills to put in place. In fact, it describes the biggest advantage of modern digital healthcare systems. Every healthcare service provider should embrace it. But what is it, and why do you need it?
The new NHS models of care and a shortage of GPs are forcing a fresh approach to healthcare service design. GP networks throughout the UK are introducing federated healthcare services to share resources. Using interoperable IT systems to share patient records is one of the secrets of success. What else must GP networks consider?
Earlier this year we hosted the Smarter. Faster. Better. Vision Conferences in Glasgow and Dundee. We are hitting the road again for the next round of conferences in 3 new locations.
Our very own Russell Blackmore (now head of all things commercial) was featured on Sky TV recently as part of a programme on Executive TV looking into intelligent healthcare.
Congratulations to Grant Oliver, who has won the prestigious Special Recognition Award at the Public Sector Paperless Awards in his role as IT Project Manager, Richmond GP Alliance (RGPA). They nominated Grant for his "tireless contribution to the transformation of digital practice in Richmond". They are the first organisation to deliver an end-to-end interoperability solution that benefits the local community.