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a pharmacy employee looking at computerJanuary 17 2018

Delays and issues with functionality in the electronic patient record are causing frustration, the Wales Audit Office has warned. It is also unclear whether intended benefits are being achieved, the WAO said in its review, ‘Informatics systems in NHS Wales’ published last week.

The report warns that the NHS is spending only around 2% of its budget on funding IT, half the level recommended in the 2003 Wanless Report. It also highlights delays around elements including medicines supply and management, noting that in 2016 it has said “the NHS has had an intention to implement an electronic prescribing system since 2007.”

Since then, “progress has been slower than anticipated, partly because other pharmacy-related IT projects in NWIS [NHS Wales Informatics Service] have taken precedence. Although a business case for a national electronic prescribing system has been drafted by NWIS, the rollout of the system is not due until 2023.”

It was also concerned that “progress in developing this system has only been included in the most recent update reports, despite the longstanding commitment.”

Launching the report, the WAO said: “Many of the building blocks – such as GP systems, a national radiology system and laboratory systems – of an electronic patient record are now in place or at an advanced stage. However, significant delays to the delivery of new systems have caused widespread frustration and there is still a way to go until it the electronic patient record is fully in place.”

The report includes a section on six systems the WAO examined in detail, including Choose Pharmacy. This is the range of software modules intended to improve communication between community pharmacies and other areas of NHS Wales, provided via an electronic platform securely hosted by NWIS.

Choose Pharmacy has been in development since October 2013 and current live modules are the Common Ailments Service (CAS), Discharge Medication Review (DMR) and the Emergency Medicines Service (EMS). “National rollout of the programme (including the additional modules) is now underway with an intention to implement within 50% of pharmacies in Wales by March 2019,” with the aim being to have 370 sites going live by March 2018, says the report.

“A number of pharmacists consistently reported that refinements to the ICT system were required to improve service delivery. Many expressed frustration that despite providing feedback about how to make the system more user-friendly, no amendments had been made and the system remained unnecessarily complex. NWIS reports that many of these concerns have now been addressed.”

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