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North Wales gets single patient administration system


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) has said that work has been completed on linking separate versions of the Welsh Patient Administration System (WelshPAS) used by the Betsi Cadwaladr University (BCU) Health Board.

DHCU and BCU recently completed the final phase of the integration and healthcare organisations in the north of the country are now using a single version of the WelshPAS.

Before the system was merged, information on patients from different areas under BCU would have to be transferred across different systems. DHCU said the change will save on time, improve patient safety and the patient experience.

Work began on the project in 2015 and has been affective by the Covid-19 restrictions and changing priorities in the NHS.

Huge endeavour

Dylan Roberts, chief digital and information officer at BCU, said: “This has been a huge endeavour, involving multidisciplinary teams from different professions, across BCU and DHCW working as one.

“The whole project has been a fantastic example of collaborative working, great joint planning and a focus on a shared purpose. The go live weekend involved over 110 people and is one of the smoothest I have experienced in my 23 years as a CIO. A great achievement.

“Thank you to all the BCU and DHCW staff involved, it is already starting to make a positive difference to patients and staff.”

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