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Mid and South Essex ICS works on shared care record


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Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System (MSE ICS) is developing a shared care record using an approach that focuses on solving real world problems.

The organisation is working with healthcare software company Orion Health on the approach, with an initial focus on using the shared care record to improve care for individuals facing frailty and complex adult health issues.

The company said that people with complex conditions often receive care from multiple organisations across the ICS, and a targeted strategy will enable the efficient allocation of resources, maximising immediate benefits for both residents and providers.

Paul Scott, chief executive of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’m delighted that we are working to develop a new shared care record across the Mid and South Essex area  which will further enhance the way in which health and care professionals access crucial clinical information, resulting in continued improvements to the care that we can offer and freeing clinical time to spend with patients and those who use our services.”

Supporting integrated care

Peter Fairley, director for strategy and health integration at Essex County Council, said: “This innovative development will support the creation of a more integrated health and social care system, by giving the professionals working in it access to information that is currently held in siloed systems.

“That will have a positive impact on care continuity, as people move between services, and support better, faster decision making in support of the citizens we serve.”

The record will be built on the latest version of Orion Health’s Amadeus Digital Care Record.

MSE ICS is also now looking to enhance the capabilities and impact of shared records in line with wider objectives set out in its ICS Digital Strategy and ICS Digital Investment Plan. This includes rolling out a patient-held record for improved digital access, and a data and analytics platform to assist in planning and addressing health inequalities.

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