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Lancashire and South Cumbria to integrate medicines records

29/07/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership has signed a deal with data platform provider Better to deliver a regional medicines record.

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It will use the Better openEHR platform and Better Meds software to support integrating services across the region with a centrally managed, shared medicines record.

Andrew Thompson, acting digital health lead and CTO at Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership, said: “Like many developing integrated care systems, we have a range of disparate datasets all over the region, embedded in different systems. This makes it very hard for effective sharing of information and has the potential for issues if a patient is transferred across care settings.

“We know that adopting a more unified approach, utilising open data standards, will mean our patients will have a better experience and safer, more effective care. This approach fundamentally aligns with the direction of travel detailed in the new NHSE data strategy – Data saves lives."

Consolidation of data

Better is now working with the region’s digital team to establish a patient-centric consolidated medicines record. This will bring together the medicine records from primary care, secondary care, mental health, care homes and hospices.

The company said the open platform approach will also enable instant read-write capability to get a real time view and reconciliation of medicines administration.

The new platform will serve a population of 1.8 million people.  

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