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December 2015 
Appointment rates improve with new texting service
GP practice achieves 30% drop in 'Did Not Attends' since using My Health Text
A new texting service which allows GP practices to send text reminders to patients is having a positive impact on patient 'Did Not Attend' (DNA) rates. One practice, The Isca Medical Centre in Caerleon, Newport has reported a 30% drop in DNAs since it started using the 'My Health Text' service in February 2015.
"We send out a reminder text to the patient twenty-four hours before their appointment," says Practice Manager Mel Gibbs. "We've noticed a significant drop in DNA rates since starting the service which is brilliant."
The service is available to over 90% of practices in Wales, and operates through their usual clinical systems. Any practice interested in using the service should contact the NHS Wales Informatics Service via the Primary Care ServiceDesk at 0333 200 8048 or e-mail at PrimaryCare.ServiceDesk@wales.nhs.uk
New coeliac resource for GPs
Primary care in Wales to have tool that pinpoints potential cases of coeliac disease
GPs in Wales are being given a new software tool which will help them to identify potential cases of coeliac disease, a condition where people have an adverse reaction to gluten. The module integrates into the GP's Audit+ data analysis system.
When triggered, an alert will appear on the doctor's screen showing a number of items  (for example read codes or prescriptions) in their patient's history that makes coeliac disease more likely. Certain conditions such as iron deficiency, osteoporosis and weight loss can co-exist with higher frequency in patients with coeliac disease and if a prompt is given, the GP can order a test to check for the disease.
NHS Wales Informatics Service is supporting the new tool, developed by BMJ Informatica. It is scheduled to be deployed this month.
Best foot forward
Podiatrists lead the way with Community Care standardisation
Podiatrists in Wales are the first therapy profession to have completely standardised the content of their clinical care record in preparation for the Welsh Community Care Information System.
By standardising the content of the Podiatry Clinical Care Record, podiatrists are ensuring reductions in variations of the clinical content, and improved compliance with clinical and professional guidelines.
As standardisation progresses across other services, it is anticipated there will be other benefits such as, improved clinical workflow, better information sharing and improved patient care and safety.
The new Welsh Community Care Information System will help integrate health and social care processes such as referrals, assessments, care planning and pathways, scheduling and appointment bookings.
The lead on Allied Health Professional IT developments from the Clinical Informatics team has been working in partnership with the Therapy Advisor for Wales and the Directors of Therapies Health Sciences to progress this across therapies.
Informatics team up with Trinity Saint David's
NHS Wales Informatics Service's Swansea office to move into new facilities
Our Swansea office is heading to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's (UWTSD) Technium 2 building in the SA1 area of the city.  The move, scheduled to take place early in 2016, signals a new working relationship between NHS Wales and UWTSD and will facilitate the development of a number of initiatives.
"The Informatics Service will have access to the talent of students and graduates by providing part-time employment opportunities, work placements and internships linked to the university's School of Applied Computing as well as other services," says NHS Wales Informatics Service Director Andrew Griffiths. "In addition, we will work with UWTSD to exploit knowledge and expertise aligned to its learning, teaching and applied research."
In addition, the collaboration will enable the Informatics Service to contribute to the design and delivery of relevant academic programmes within the UWTSD Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gār and Coleg Ceredigion, as part of the  university's expanding portfolio linked to industry.
The initiative will also offer potential opportunities for informatics staff to access continuing professional development through the university's award-winning Wales Institute for Work-based Learning.
Ewch i'n gwefan am fersiwn iaith Gymraeg o'r cylchlythyr hwn.
* Nadolig Llawen *
Tech the halls 
NHS Wales Informatics Service wishes you and your family a peaceful and joyous Christmas and very happy New Year.
Informed Health and Care
A new digital health and social care strategy for Wales published
Patients in Wales will be able to have a consultation with their GP using a smartphone and monitor their own health via digital devices as part of a new strategy to put digital technology at the heart of Wales's health and social care system.
As part of a new Welsh Government digital health and care strategy unveiled this month by Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford, patients will also be able to access their own health records, book appointments and order prescriptions online, and use mobile devices to monitor long-term health conditions.
Welsh NHS and social care staff will be given access to the latest technology to access an up-to-date record of care for their patient or service user.
'Informed Health and Care: a digital health and social care strategy for Wales' sets out the Welsh Government's five-year vision for the use of digital technology within both the Welsh NHS and in Wales's social services.
Informatics @ Events
How is ICT used in Welsh healthcare?
The British Computer Society (BCS) Chartered Institute for IT is running an evening event  focusing on how sharing laboratory and radiology data benefits clinicians and patients in Wales.
This free event will be held January 12th in our Ty Glan-yr-Afon office in Cardiff.
For more information or book online, head to the BCS events webpage.
Informatics in the News
Connecting GPs with pathology and radiology
Digitalhealth.net (previously known as e-Health Insider)  has covered the recent rollout of the "GP Links Messaging Solution" for sending pathology and radiology results to all GP systems in Wales.
The link connects practices to the national Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and was piloted in Cwm Taf University Health Board before its rollout nationally. 
All health boards in Wales are scheduled to have completed the transfer to the new system by the end of January 2016.
Data dynamics
Latest Health Map released
A new release of Health Maps Wales has been published.
For the first time the maps include data on mortality due to alcohol-specific and attributable conditions.
The new release also has updated figures for hospital admissions for the last ten years (2005/06 to 2014/15), and new data in areas such as cardiovascular disease. The user can choose what information they want to see according to search criteria such as locality and type of disease.
The maps are used by a range of organisations including Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government to monitor and analyse how the NHS is performing in Wales.
For more information or guidance on how to use the maps, please contact the Health Maps Wales team.
Gwybodeg yng Nhgymraeg
A Welsh language version of this newsletter is now available.
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