Sharing records to improve patient care in Herefordshire
Herefordshire patients will soon benefit from an improved digital sharing system called Herefordshire One Record.
This will enable sharing of patient records between GPs and other health care professionals in the county to ensure patients get the best possible treatment when needed.
Patient information is often only available within a single organisation. Herefordshire One Record will allow health care professionals in multiple organisations in Herefordshire to view patient records.
The following organisations will soon have access to the electronic systems to share information:
- Herefordshire GP Practices
- Wye Valley NHS Trust
- St Michael’s Hospice
- Taurus Healthcare (for extended and out-of-hours GP services)
In addition, Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust will also have access to view the records shared by the above organisations. (Note: Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services provided by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust will have access to view the records shared by the above organisations but will not be sharing any records through Herefordshire One Record).
Herefordshire One Record will enable staff of these organisations to access up-to-date records that are held by the other organisations.
It means that medical staff involved in patient care (whether they are a GP, Practice Nurse, District Nurse or a Consultant at the hospital) can make more informed choices about the care and medical treatment needed by a patient. It also means that patients won’t need to explain their medical history or conditions each time they see a different health care professional.
Through this new digital system the quality of patient care will be improved through not only the better coordination but reducing the time spent updating health records on different systems by clinical teams and having to request information from other health care providers.
It will assist with patient information being available in the right place at the right time and aims to help reduce admissions and readmissions and decrease duplicate testing. It will help our healthcare services in Herefordshire working in the most efficient ways possible.
Herefordshire One Record roll-out will start Mid-September 2019.