GPs, researchers and the NHS in Scotland will be able to better understand the health and social care needs of the population through the launch of an improved information service.
The Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) aims to give healthcare providers and researchers across Scotland a way to help analyse the nation’s health and better target resources and treatments. The information service allows practices to better plan their services and helps health professionals make the right decisions to raise the standard of public health.
SPIRE, which is centrally managed by the NHS in Scotland, aims to improve the quality of care for all patients; improve planning services and care for people who have a condition or a health need; respond to major public health issues; improve the provision of health and care to vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and develop knowledge about the uptake of vital medicines and vaccines.
Supporting research into new treatments for particular illnesses Dr Catherine Calderwood, chief medical officer for Scotland, said: “Today’s launch is the start of our campaign to ensure everyone in Scotland is aware of the way we are improving how we use information from GP patient records, and demonstrate how this will help plan and improve health and care services.
Dr Libby Morris, clinical lead for SPIRE, said: “SPIRE is a major step forward for public health in Scotland and will allow information from GP patient records to be safely transferred electronically to NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and held securely, ensuring the highest standards of patient confidentiality and privacy. “Doctors’ surgeries, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government will be able to improve care and plan services, while researchers can use information that could help to develop new treatments for particular conditions or diseases.”