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January 2016 
Emergency departments start new patient tracking system
Rollout for All-Wales Emergency Care system to begin in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg
A new urgent and emergency care system that coordinates patient data in emergency departments (ED) is being implemented in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board early in 2016.
This new Welsh Emergency Department System (WEDS) will enable the electronic capture of data for the whole of the patient journey and provide live tracking of each patient in the departments. New devices have been installed to facilitate easy access to the system for all staff and large screen TVs will display the tracking grid to show the status of patients in the departments at all times.
The devices can show:
  • where patients are in the department
  • if patients are waiting for test results
  • if patients are in X-Ray
  • if a specialist review is required and has been carried out
  • if an inpatient bed is required
At the touch of a button, users can view the full patient record and ED history, and able to see if a patient has attended another ED in the health board or, once the system is rolled out across Wales, any other health board.
The implementation of the new ED system, expected to rollout across all Welsh health boards, will start with Princess of Wales and Neath Port Talbot sites in coming months, followed by Morriston ED in Swansea and sites in Betsi Cadwaladr later in 2016.
NHS Wales adopts NHS Number for its healthcare IT
10-digit patient identifier becomes mandatory for all IT systems in NHS Wales 
NHS Wales has now adopted the NHS Number to be the official patient identification standard for all of its IT systems,  ensuring information can be shared safely across systems and increasing patient safety. 
Health boards, and information standards and patient safety teams have worked together  to ensure that the majority of systems are already using the "one number for one patient."
Now with the launch of the standard, all national new and local NHS Wales patient-focused systems, and all systems that integrate with NHS Wales Informatics Service products, must allow the NHS Number built into their software development.
All NHS organisations in England and Wales that provide primary, secondary and all other types of care use the ten-digit number for each patient which uniquely and permanently identifies a person from birth. Even if a person changes their name, their NHS number stays the same. It allows correct patient identification, between all NHS organisations, and is used to help healthcare staff and service providers locate patients' health records.
Speedy delivery
Six Cardiff GP practices now piloting patient medical records using GP2GP
The GP2GP pilot, trialling the electronic transfer of patient records from one GP Practice to another, is underway. 

Initially, the pilot concentrated on record transfers between three Cardiff practices using INPS vision (Cathays Medical Practice, Whitchurch Road Surgery and Albany Surgery) and to date over ninety transfers have been sent successfully.

A pilot with three EMIS sites also in the Cardiff area (Llanederyn Health Centre, Rumney Primary Care Centre and Roath House Surgery) is starting soon.

Once this is complete, these practices will be enabled to send records between both systems, before a wider rollout across Wales. This is expected to start in the summer.
Ewch i'n gwefan am fersiwn iaith Gymraeg o'r cylchlythyr hwn.
Informatics in Numbers
Our Pencoed office is moving. But not very far.
Our previous address near Bridgend was 10 Old Field Road in Bocam Park, but in the middle of February will be 17 Old Field Road. The Postcode, CF35 5LJ, will remain the same.
Our telephone numbers at Bocam Park have changed, as well. All numbers will now begin with 029 2050 followed by a new extension number. If you would like to reach someone specific in Bocam Park, you can dial our main telephone number: 
029 20 500 500
Informatics in the News
The road ahead
Welsh Government's five-year vision for the use of digital technology within both the NHS and social services entitled, 'Informed Health and Care: a digital health and social care strategy for Wales' has been in the news across Wales including Wales Online.
Online Expansion
New features in the pipeline for My Health Online
Improvements in booking patient appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions are part of new developments to My Health Online.
Patients will be able to start the registration process online, booking an initial appointment. The registration process can then be completed when they attend the surgery.
A 'mobile' version of My Health Online is also being developed to enable access to the service from a smartphone or tablet.
This functionality will be piloted later this year.
Supporting Role
Patients can call NHS Direct Wales for My Health Online issues
Have any problems accessing My Health Online? if so, patients can email:
amb_myhealthonline @wales.nhs.uk
Anything that can't be resolved will be passed for further examination to the Primary Care ServiceDesk.
Gwybodeg yng Nhgymraeg
A Welsh language version of this newsletter is available
If you would like our monthly newsletter emailed to you in Welsh, please contact us at: 
nwisenquiries @wales.nhs.uk
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