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June 2014

WCP in Ysbyty Glan Clywd

Thousands of reports viewed and requests raised

  

The roll out of Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP) has now completed within Ysbyty Glan Clywd outside Rhyl and work is progressing to roll out across further community sites throughout the summer.

 

Use of the WCP continues to grow in line with expectations with over 56,000 pathology reports viewed and 13,000 pathology requests raised during March 2014.

 

With Bulk Ordering going live in Prince Philip Hospital's Diabetic OPD Clinic in Llanelli, the Welsh Clinical Portal is now completely live throughout Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Reaction to the rollout so far has been very positive with clinicians pleased they can access results easier and more quickly. 

 

Sister Clare Robinson at the hospital's General Surgery says the WCP has been, "excellent for one point of access for all results for radiology and pathology."

 

Specialist Nurse Practitioner Carol Parry of the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre says the WCP is, "alot easier to use and will function a lot better when everybody is using one system. Having remote access and being able to access GP results is very useful."

Royal Gwent views IHR

Aneurin Bevan latest to pilot Individual Health Record through WCP

 

After a successful three month pilot in Cardiff & Vale, the Individual Health Record (IHR) is now being piloted via the Welsh Clinical Portal in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

 

The new pilot sites are at Royal Gwent Hospital's MAU, CDU, and wards D1 West and D2 East. Early feedback from the latest pilot has been very positive with doctors and pharmacists saying it is helping them speed up patient care.

 

The IHR is a summary of the patient's GP record, and allows clinicians and pharmacists to view some basic information about their patient's medical history quickly. 

Data spelt out in new dictionaries

New dictionaries provide vital standards 
 
Two new data dictionaries have been launched for the first time in Wales to help staff record information while keeping the formatting of data consistent across the health service.

 

The dictionaries act as a single, central resource for clinical classificationsand information analysis staff ensuring  the process for distributing codes, indicators and other standardised terminology for data is easier and more accessible.

 

One of the dictionaries, the new Clinical Classifications Standards Dictionary is a one stop shop for clinical coders who are required to interpret information for analysis that might be used to aid anything from cancer research to monitoring public health trends.

 

As well as containing UK-wide clinical coding informationit has a dedicated area highlighting coding rules that only apply in Wales.  

 

The Information Standards team have also developed an Analysis Methods Dictionary. It allows health boards and Welsh Government staff access national templates and definitions about how a number of patient data (for example, postponed
a
dmitted procedures and time spent in accident and emergency) should be analysed to ensure it is consistent with the rest of Wales. 

 

"The introduction of the Analysis Methods Dictionary is proving to be a very useful resource in ensuring that all Health organisations and Welsh Government departments use consistent methodological approaches to measure key performance information for NHS Wales," says Helen Thomas, Head of Information at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Local Health Board. "The dictionary has enabled information representatives from across NHS Wales, NWIS and Welsh Government to come together to collectively review, debate and develop robust methodologies for existing key performance indicators and even to explore opportunities for future measures."

 

In the future, the analysis dictionary will be used to assist in the creation of new information dashboards and can be used now by staff managing existing information dashboards. The analysis dictionary is currently available to NHS Wales staff only and will be available on the internet later in the summer.

 

 

Informatics in the News
  
Looking ahead
 

E-Health Insider recently spotlighted plans for the new NHS Wales Open Eyes electronic patient record system to reduce referrals and promote seamless eyecare.

 

The project will improve eye care services as part of the Welsh Government's 9.5m Health Technologies and Telehealth Fund.

 

Read more about Open Eyes on the E-Health Insider website.

Informatics in Numbers
   
Good migrations
 

More than 200 GP practices across Wales have had their computer systems upgraded with more practices to follow.

 

The delivery is part of the NHS Wales Primary Care Strategy to refresh and improve GP IT.


The next generation systems will ensure GPs and their patients are able to benefit from modern digital services.
 
As well as the migration to new systems, practices are moving onto a centrally hosted service that will provide standardisation as well as
access to a primary care helpdesk.
Informatics @ Events
 
Heading to EHI Live

 

Three directors are speaking at the EHI Live event in November.  

 

Andrew Griffiths will be presenting as part of the Health Chief Information Officer Network. Andrew Macbean will talk about the delivery of IT in Primary Care in Wales, and Martin Murphy will be speaking as part of the Chief Clinical Information Officers conference included in EHI Live.

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