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September 2013
LIMS heads west
TrakCare makes its debut in Hywel Dda  

As this issue of the NWIS Newsletter goes out, the new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) TrakCare Lab system is being rolled out in Hwyel Dda University Health Board.   


The new LIMS TrakCare Lab system has been switched on in Hywel Dda's Withybush blood science laboratory with further rollouts in Bronglais and Carmarthen within the upcoming weeks.  


The rollout comes after formal approval of dates were signed off by senior representatives from Hywel Dda, NWIS and the TrakCare supplier, InterSystems, on 23 August.


Plans are progressing for implementation in Cwm Taf Health Board and for the national cytology screening service. Discussions are also underway to agree dates for Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff and Vale, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Betsi Cadwaladr Health Boards.


We'll give you an update on how the new TrakCare system is progressing in Hywel Dda in our October newsletter.

New Clinical Systems in Primary Care
It's migration season

Fifty-two practices in Wales have now migrated to their new clinical system. A further twenty practices are due to migrate by the end of September, and a total of 95 practices have now moved to the Informatics Service Standard Desktop


The process began last year when NHS Wales signed a contract to deliver new clinical systems to all of Wales' 473 GP practices.


The contract gave practices the choice between two systems: the INPS' Vision 360 and the Emis Web.


The delivery is part of the NHS Wales Primary Care Strategy to refresh and improve GP IT and includes upgrading network connectivity ensuring all GP sites have 10MB bandwidth. It also includes systems support through an IT helpdesk, making sure all GPs get the same level of service nationwide and reducing the burden on GP practices who otherwise have to try and manage and maintain IT systems in their practices.


The service will also improve the security of patient data, for example by consistently applying security updates.

IHR to be piloted in two health boards
Will link Primary Care and Unscheduled Admissions 


The Individual Health Record will soon be available for unscheduled secondary care hospital admissions in a pilot project starting later this year at Aneurin Bevan and Cardiff and Vale Health Boards.


Clinicians will access the IHR through the Welsh Clinical Portal in a limited number of locations in each hospital with the aim of evaluating the benefits in the unscheduled care setting.


And you can get a closer look at what the Individual Health Record is all about by looking at the IHR patients' website.

Informatics in numbers
Hard working

On average, more than 500 patient records are accessed via the Welsh Clinical Portal every hour.

Informatics in Words
 "The new National Reference Data Service certainly helps us to review and update key fundamental data."


Allison Bevan

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Data Quality Coordinator


The National Reference Data Service provides a source for all reference data supplied by clinical coders and gathered from national systems and authorising bodies.


It can be used for tasks such as finding out how many GPs are licensed in an area, or finding the correct clinical code for recording a disease, or a particular procedure carried out during an operation.


Learn more about the National Reference Data Service on our NWIS website.

Informatics @ Events
Joining the Dots

NWIS Executive Director Andrew Griffiths will be speaking at an Academi Wales event on the 27th September.  


Entitled "Joining the Dots" the event, to be held at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff, will focus on several ICT topics.

Andrew will be speaking about ICT in the Public Sector and NHS in Wales.


He will not be the only NWIS speaker, Mike Jones and Heidi Abraham from the Learning and Professional Development team will also be showcasing the Learning@NHSWales training site.

Academi Wales provides development opportunities for all public service leaders and managers, building capability, capacity and collaboration to deliver the best public services for Wales.

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