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 August 2016 
100% Participation
Audit+ helps all GP practices in Wales contribute to a major national clinical audit which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare
All 444 GP practices in Wales have participated in the 2015-16 data collection for the National Diabetes Audit (NDA), a voluntary collection which gives GPs, LHBs and Cluster Networks the opportunity to plan diabetes care in response to local needs and compare service delivery, treatment effectiveness and outcomes of care. 
Data extraction in Wales is centrally coordinated with Audit+, the GP data quality, audit and reporting software tool delivered and supported by the NHS Wales Informatics Service.
Last year, Wales had 97.3% participation compared to England's 54.9%.
The NDA is the one of the largest annual clinical audits in the world, integrating data from both primary and secondary care sources, making it the most comprehensive audit of its kind.
In case of emergency
Capacity tool developed to support mass casualty events 
The NHS Wales Informatics Service web team have worked with the Welsh Ambulance Service and Welsh Government to develop a tool that provides a single point of near real-time information on ambulance and hospital capacity.  This means that in an emergency situation there will be information available to help ensure that casualties are taken to facilities that have the capacity to treat them.
The tool can also share important details about an incident, including potential hazards, safe access routes, and number of casualties. It was piloted successfully in a recent emergency planning exercise. 
Spotlight on Network and Monitoring
Meet the teams at the ready when maintenance issues arise
When systems need hardware upgrades and maintenance, our Network and Monitoring teams have the skills necessary to address issues seamlessly with minimum disruption to services.
For instance, when the Welsh Clinical Portal, which processes over five million test requests and results, needs an infrastructure upgrade to support additional hardware, it means a whole of host of tasks for these teams. Often, very few notice any change to services because the teams  sometimes work out-of-hours to get the job done.
In a special newsletter exclusive, available on our website, read how our Network and Monitoring teams keep essential services functioning.
Ewch i'n gwefan am fersiwn iaith Gymraeg o'r cylchlythyr hwn.
Informatics @ Events
Informatics in the spotlight 
Technology and information developments to support health and care in Wales will feature at the UK's largest digital health conference - EHI Live - which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 1 and 2 November.
Rhidian Hurle, Informatics Service Medical Director and Consultant Urologist, will deliver a keynote at 11am on day two, focussed on the Welsh Patient Referral Service.
The Health and Care Integration stream will open at 10.00, also on day two, with a presentation on the Welsh Community Care Information System led by Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive Powys Teaching Health Board and Dave Street, Corporate Director Social Services, Caerphilly County Borough Council.
For more information, visit the ehi live website.
Informatics in Numbers
Almost 8000 theatre notes have been made viewable in the Welsh Clinical Portal in Cwm Taf since the start of a project in March.
Making the notes available to view on screen is part of a wider project to reduce the number of paper notes in hospitals. It means theatre staff have easier access to the information their need, and patients' notes can be stored in a more accessible way in the new Welsh Care Records Service. 
Dr Cunningham becomes new Associate Medical Director
GP and PC Clinical Director joins our team
We are pleased to announce that Dr Anne Marie Cunningham will be joining NHS Wales Informatics Service Clinical Directorate as Associate Medical Director for Primary Care.
Anne Marie is a practicing GP and Primary Care Clinical Director at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. She is also a strong advocate of social media to promote healthcare.
Gwybodeg Yn Gymraeg

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