An interoperability solution has allowed GPs and nurses to add to the electronic medical records stored in Vision and EMIS Web systems
A seven-day access scheme run by the Richmond GP Alliance (RGPA) received a one-off £2.6 million investment from the prime minister’s GP Access Fund and was based from four hubs. At the hubs patients were able to book additional appointments to see GPs.
The interoperability solution used in the scheme enabled consultation notes, added during appointments in the hubs, to be relayed back to the patients’ registered practices and added to the their records in the principal system as structured, clinically-coded data.
Darren Tymens, chairman of the Richmond GP Alliance (RGPA) said: “Having up-to-date electronic patient records available during extended access appointments was a fundamental prerequisite for our seven-day access scheme.
“Being able to access and rapidly update the patient’s own GP clinical record from any authorised location is fantastic. We are excited to be the first group of GP practices in the country to have end-to-end interoperability with Vision and EMIS Web systems.”
The seven-day scheme was enabled by the Vision 360 interoperability solution, provided by INPS, which allows GPs and nurses to find, read and update any patient record within the Richmond borough no matter where the patient was registered.
INPS CEO, Max Brighton, said: “Many people believe the misconception that each GP practice in an area must be using the same clinical IT system in order to participate in schemes that make patient records available to other GPs.
“In Richmond, clinicians can see the medical records stored in 22 practices using Vision and five practices using EMIS Web, as well as making it possible to write new information entered during extended access appointments back to the system at the patient’s registered practice.
“The Richmond GP Alliance must be congratulated for being the first organisation to deliver a true end-to-end interoperability solution that really benefits the local community and embraces the spirit of GPs choosing the system they want to use.”