The Western Isles Health Board is introducing an Electronic Medical Record (eMRec) and Public Health Information (PHI) data sharing
The eMRec will combine information held on patients in a number of different systems throughout NHS Western Isles into one digital file and will replace the paper records held in the Board’s three hospitals, Mental Health, AHP and Community Health Services.
Authorised staff from all disciplines and locations will be able to access and contribute to, the browser-based single electronic record.
NHS Western Isles said the eMRec is seen an important driver to improve patient safety and will bring all the parts of patients medical records together in one comprehensive medical record, giving clinicians access to all the information – including alerts, warnings and special notes – that are relevant to their patients’ treatment at the point of care.
The PHI data sharing which the Board is also introducing is part of a change that is taking place throughout NHS Scotland and will support the planning of health services.
The health record changes will be carried out over the next 18 months, beginning in February.
NHS Western Isles chairman, Neil Galbraith, said: “It is good to hear that NHS Western Isles will soon be among the first areas in Scotland to benefit from sharing the wealth of information held by GPs.
“This will benefit patients and public generally by supporting both clinicians in delivering better care to patients as well as Public Health and planning teams in better understanding the healthcare needs of our population.
“It is gratifying also to know that both projects have taken great care in ensuring they follow robust data security measures including strict arrangements around what data may be accessed and by whom.
“This should give the necessary assurance to the public and GPs that their information is held safely and securely while it is being used to improve health and plan services in the Western Isles.”