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August 2014 
Data on delivery
Data captured around new births   


A collaborative effort between maternity teams from Welsh health boards, Public Health Wales, and the NHS Wales Information Services team has led to  a new way of capturing and interpreting data that monitors the performance of maternity services in Wales.


The captured data can now be used to provide a nationwide picture of mothers' weight management, smoking and alcohol intake collected both during pregnancy and at delivery, and infant feeding information following birth. The numbers of healthy births and caesareans are also included.


The aim is to use the new data to improve maternity services and the health of mothers and newborns.


The data is collected  from various dedicated maternity IT systems including a maternity module in the Myrddin Patient Administration System - now used in four Welsh health boards including Betsi Cadwaladr and Powys who have recently adopted it.


"There was a lot of joint working throughout the process," says NHS Wales Data Quality Specialist Gareth Griffiths.


"Because the processes and systems varied from health board to health board, we had to use the boards' local knowledge to interpret the data and Public Health Wales worked with them to process extracts into a usable format. Then we used our knowledge of the national standards to apply to the final analysis."


A method was also established to report infant feeding information using data collected through the NHS Wales-developed Child Health System.

The eyes have it

New project will refresh optometry IT  


The NHS Wales Informatics Service and the Wales Eye Health Care Steering Group have been awarded 1m for two projects to improve eye care services as part of the Welsh Government's 9.5m Health Technologies and Telehealth Fund.


The projects cover a technology refresh at optometry practices and implementation of the Open Eyes electronic patient record system to reduce referrals and promote seamless eyecare across Wales.


The initiatives meet the objectives of the Welsh Government's Eye Health Care Delivery Plan for Wales, which highlights the importance of providing integrated patient services across primary and secondary care enabled by information and communication technology.  


At least one optometrist in each health board will be using OpenEyes to refer to secondary care by spring next year. Pilot sites for OpenEyes will be selected in conjunction with Optometry Wales.


Learn more about how the projects will improve IT and connectivity in all optometry practices and support the redesign of eyecare in Wales on our NHS Wales Informatics Service website.

New online course source
E-learning for staff makes courses more accessible 
A newly launched e-learning site is now offering a full range of national statutory online courses accessible to NHS Wales staff wherever they are based. The site also gives staff an online record of their  courses completed they can take wherever and whenever they move within the health service.


All NHS Wales staff must complete essential workplace courses as part of their NHS Wales Core Skills Training Framework, for example training in fire safety, information governance and how to deal with aggression in the workplace.


They will now be able to compete the courses for the first time online, or as a refresher, via interactive resources and quizzes accessible via the
an internet and intranet connection. 


There are also a wide range of other courses accessible via the site for a range of disciplines covering administration, workforce information, IT, catering, and Health and Social Care. To provide standardisation and consistency, the courses are managed by the Workforce Information Systems Team at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership's Workforce Information Systems team.

Informatics @ Events
Birmingham bound

Two NHS Wales Informatics Service employees, Kalee Thomas and Rhiannon Moore will be at EHI Live held this November in Birmingham talking about their experience on the Informatics Service Management Trainee scheme.


They are currently in the second year of the scheme and will be presenting on a programme called HI-FiVE which has been set up to get information and technology staff out and about to see software and information being used in real environments. Staff who are signed up to the programme will spend time in GP Practices, Accident and Emergency and Hospitals.  


Network capabilities 


The Federation for Health Informatics is forming a network for all informatics staff across NHS Wales to share views on informatics as a profession, best practice and how we can drive it forward as a profession.


This network is open to all NHS Wales informatics staff and the first event is being held on 30th September 2014.


To learn more, head to our HI-Profile website.


Informatics in Numbers
Power Portal   


With the introduction of electronic requesting at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital's A&E, test requesting using the Welsh Clinical Portal has increased by nearly 25%.

First national informatics board chaired by Minister
Board meeting highlights need for combined effort  
A recent meeting of the National Informatics Management Board (NIMB) in Cardiff focused on the delivery and future of IT for patient services in Wales.


 "We need to understand that our key priority is to move together on that 'once for Wales' basis. Health Minister and Board Chair Mark Drakeford said.


Better use of data was also discussed as essential to support healthcare improvement.


New services that will enable service change were also highlighted including the Community Care Information System  thanks to a joint procurement between health and social care services.
Other updates included future development of the Myrddin Patient Administration System and progress regarding  the all new all Wales Laboratory Information Management System.
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