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Kent and Medway get shared care record


Mark Say Managing Editor


A new health and social care shared care record is being launched for Kent and Medway.

KMCR infographic

Named the Kent and Medway Care Record (KMCR), it was commissioned by a collaborative comprising the NHS Kent and Medway CCG, Kent County Council and Medway Council, and developed by Graphnet Health. The project to deliver the solution is being led by Cantium Business Solutions. 

It is now being rolled out with the aim of giving all care providers and local authority social care teams having access by April 2021.

There are also plans to give the public access to their own patient records in the future.

The KMCR contains automated, regular data feeds from four acute hospital trusts, three community services providers, two community based mental health services providers, 225 GP practices’ main sites and 85 branch sites, and around 466 local authority social care teams.

It enables clinicians and social carers to see what care individuals are receiving from other services such as medication prescribed, alerts or allergies, hospital test results and if the patient has a social care package.

It does not give them full access to patient records, but shares key information taking in demographics, current medications, allergies, safeguarding alerts, pathology results, key social care data, mental health summary data, referrals to other organisations, details of carers and care providers, the current location of the patient, care plans and advance directives such as ‘do not attempt resuscitation’.

Transformational change

Dr Navin Kumta, clinical chair of Kent and Medway CCG said, “We are looking to this shared record to deliver a significant transformational change in Kent and Medway. As well as helping us improve the quality and safety of care for patients, it will underpin our drive to integrate citizen’s records across health and social care.” 

Clair Bell, cabinet member for adult social care and public health at Kent County Council commented: “The KMCR is a significant step forward which will provide benefits to health and social care professionals, and most importantly to our Kent and Medway residents. It is also a good example of how collaboration between organisations can deliver better services for everyone.

“I am looking forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on speed and quality of care for our residents for years to come.”

The partners in the project said the KMCR is contributing to Kent and Medway’s response to Covid-19 with a dashboard to provide intelligence and support planning. It highlights factors such as pandemic hot spots and demographic information.

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