The system enables organisations such as CCGs and commissioning groups to run instant searches on the data held by the practices in their locality, with their prior consent. It’s a fast, efficient way to see up to the minute health information that can be used in a number of ways to benefit patient care, for example:
- improving call and recall such as for childhood vaccinations – for NHS Tower Hamlets this has improved uptake of MMR second dose from just over 80 per cent to almost 95 per cent
- ensuring accuracy and consistency of medical records – e.g. to ensure a diabetic read code is present if a diagnosis of diabetes has been recorded
- presenting data on patient care and the quality of services to general practice
- to help improve services and monitor patient care to assess initiatives – for example a recall programme can be evaluated as quickly as one month after implementation; if successful it can be rolled out to other practices
- to save time by collecting audit data remotely
- to assess potential cardiovascular risk when used in combination with QRisk – the cardiovascular risk score developed by the University of Nottingham in partnership with EMIS.
The entire process saves time – because data is collected electronically it is available immediately, without relying on visits to practices to collect information.