Healthcare organisations in Devon and Cornwall are beginning to add more data to the shared care record for the region, following its launch in August.
Named the Devon and Cornwall Care Record (DCCR), it has been built on the Orion Health Amadeus platform and links data from health and social care providers and the integrated care systems of the two counties.
On the latest count made public it has been linked to 2.63 million patient records with 4,250 user accounts activated and 1,317 users having access the system
Under the first phase of the deployment two-thirds of GPs in the region began to use the record, sharing information with local acute trusts and mental health services. The next phase will extend its use to more GPs and services, including other acute trusts and hospices.
The DCR programme team has reported that Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is adding detail to the dashboard that is part of the default view when opening a record, which will save users from having to search the clinical view to find some information.
Technical discussions have also taken place with Orion Health to identify the best way of making key documents visible, and the DCCR team has been working with those for shared care records in Bristol, Dorset and Hampshire with the aim of providing South-West Ambulance Service staff with key information.
Dr John McCormick, a GP and clinical lead for the DCCR, said: “We are developing the record progressively, in a controlled way, so we can be confident about the quality of the data that it contains, and how to use it.
“However, it is already supporting my work as a GP. I can see what’s going on with patients now in other parts of the system. It’s also very positive for practice staff, because they don’t have to chase up letters or ring other services all the time, just to find out what is happening.”