New software to link healthcare teams and systems unveiled

A healthcare software provider has unveiled a new cloud-based solution to link different healthcare teams and systems.

In what EMIS Group calls the next generation of connected healthcare technology, EMIS-X will upgrade and extend EMIS Web which is used by 56% of GPs in a bid to meet the needs of customers and end users.

The system will aim to improve the quality of care through embedded clinical intelligence, save time trying to access records and make it easier for new solution providers to enter the NHS market.

It would also allow clinicians working in any location with any third-party technology to view and share patient information. They will be able to see a consolidated view of key medical information across healthcare organisations using EMIS-X, partner products, other NHS systems and patients themselves, giving unique insight into patients’ medical history.

EMIS Group CEO Andy Thorburn said: “EMIS-X is massively scalable and provides unprecedented levels of protection for patient data, including strong encryption of sensitive data.

“It is designed as a portfolio of foundation services upon which clinical applications can be developed, both by EMIS Group and partners. This will also allow new solution providers with interesting technologies such as artificial intelligence to overcome the traditional barriers to market entry, leveraging the interoperability at the heart of our new architecture.

“We believe EMIS-X will help to hugely improve efficiency and patient safety, while providing dramatic cost savings to the NHS. We see millions of hours currently spent by patients and staff in repeating information at each stage of the patient’s healthcare journey being eliminated and the management of medicines in pharmacy being revolutionised by better insight and more efficient services delivered through EMIS-X.”

Among the new features for EMIS-X is federated appointments, which for example will enable clinicians to instantly search providers of an investigation service such as an MRI scan, to immediately book the earliest appointment nearest to the patient’s location, giving patients the details by text, email or print-out.

Other developments that have been announced include:

  • Voice recognition technology currently being tested in EMIS-X and using artificial intelligence to make consultations more patient-friendly and save clinicians time. It will automatically interpret patient-clinician conversations and turn them into medical codes that present relevant data or launch and complete clinical decision tools.
  • GP video consultations via Patient Access. Patients will be able to book video appointments, as an alternative to in-person surgery visits.
  • EMIS Health analytics will give users insight across clinical and administrative indicators, including appointments capacity, and prescribing and referral patterns.

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