The system enables organisations such as CCGs, Public Health and GP federations to run instant searches on the data held by practices within or outside of 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.