Doncaster team works on integrated care record

Clinicians and social care workers run pilot with aim of full roll out early next year

A rapid response team for health and social care in Doncaster has begun to run a pilot on a new integrated digital care record (IDCR) in an effort to develop a joined up care model for the borough.

Stephoscope on computer keyboardThe multi-disciplinary team, including clinicians and social care workers, was set up in January and the IDCR is being developed under a deal signed in June between NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Orion Health.

The work is focused on supporting people at home after a fall or deterioration in their health. Use of the IDCR will be extended to other teams if the pilot proves successful as a proof of concept.

It is expected to go live early next year, and will be evaluated for six months.

In its first phase, the project involves integrating systems from the local acute trust (which uses the CaMIS patient administration system, Symphony A&E system, and JAC pharmacy system), community services (SystmOne Community), local authority (Carenotes), GPs (EMIS Web and SystmOne) and out-of-hours service (Adastra).

Roadmap request

Andy Clayton, head of health informatics for the CCG, said, “Like other health communities, we were asked to draw up a local digital roadmap. That confirmed what we already knew – which is that there is not much information sharing going on in Doncaster.

“In response, we created a plan for a local IDCR. We wanted to run a proof of concept, so we formed an alliance with the intermediate care team, which had already discovered how problems with information sharing can hold up the transformation of care. 

“If the proof of concept shows that the IDCR is robust, and that it adds value, we will extend it to other care settings. We already have clinicians wanting something similar for children’s services, urgent care and end of life care.”

Under the contract between the CCG and Orion Health licences to use the system will be provided to 350 staff. The procurement took place under the London Procurement Partnership framework.

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