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eHealthandCare2March 7 2016

Northern Ireland is spending £1 million to develop an Electronic Health and Care Record over the next 12 months. The Transformation Fund money will also be used to make progress with other aspects of the eHealth and care strategy for the next five years.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton set out a number of benefits for the EHCR, saying:

  • “It can provide accurate, up-to-date and complete information about patients at every point of care;
  • “It will increase the time that doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers have to spend with patients. A 15-minute increase in care time by reducing bureaucracy equates to over 1,000 additional care professionals;
  • “It could reduce treatment and discharge delays in hospital, and contribute significantly to reducing length of stay;
  • “It enables safer and more reliable prescribing of medication;
  • “It will allow the use of health analytics to improve population heath and care planning; and
  • “It will help our Health and Social Care system to become ‘paperless’.”

Mr Hamilton said the NI Electronic Care Record is already being used by 20,000 health and care professionals. Visiting the Old Mill Surgery in Newtownards to see the new services, he said: “It is clear that new digital services to allow people to book GP appointments and order repeat prescriptions online are making a positive impact.

“These facilities make life easier for patients, giving them extra convenience and choice in how they interact with their GP surgeries. They also help to reduce administration for staff at the practice. 90% of GP practices will be able to offer these services by June, and all practices by the end of this year.”

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Links:

NI Government announcement

DHSSPS eHealth and Care Strategy

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