Digital portal to integrate health and social care across Scotland

A new health and social care portal will give clinicians across the North of Scotland an integrated digital look of patients’ data by early 2019.

Commissioned by four boards in the North of Scotland, Orion Health’s portal will see information shared from providers in NHS Highland, NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney and NHS Shetland.

The first phase of the project will see Orion Health’s developing its Population Health platform for clinicians to have a relevant view of patients’ record. The platform will present clinical data from two Patient Management Systems (PMS) currently used by the four boards.

The platform will give users access to information contained in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Orion Health Clinical Portal.

The second phase of the project is due to be finished by early 2019 and will give access to information held within the North of Scotland and partnering GP practice and social care systems.

Care providers across these boards will be able to view patients’ integrated health and social care information. It’s hoped that by using patient information, care teams will be able to deliver effective care and better manage the hospital discharge process, potentially freeing up secondary care capacity.

The portal will be hosted by NHS Grampian and will use Orion Health’s integration engine Rhapsody and its Clinical Data Repository products to support the capture and presentation of data.

Iain Ross, head of eHealth NHS Highland, said:

“The regional approach to data sharing that we are taking is driven by clinical priorities, and an understanding of the complexities of delivering joined up care in some of the remotest areas in Europe.

“Our patients flow across the region, but sometimes their data can be slow to follow them. By linking systems across primary, secondary and social care for the first time our clinicians will have the complete picture of a patient, ensuring they can make the most informed decisions. It’s about ensuring that the patient stays at the heart of everything that we do.”

Nick Willox, sales director Scotland at Orion Health, said:

“This contract win is testament to the trusted reputation that we have established in NHS Scotland over the last 10 years in the delivery of innovative technology to the health and care sector. Our product portfolio is broadly aligned with the Scottish Government aspirations to improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s population through the greater use of digital technology. We look forward to working with the North of Scotland to deliver this project and supporting them in the delivery of their regional delivery plan.”


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via:

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