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Northern Ireland DoH chooses integration engine for single patient record

24/08/22
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Northern Ireland’s Department of Health (DoH) has chosen the Lyniate Rhapsody integration engine to support its development of a single electronic patient record. 

It will be using the engine within its encompass programme to create a single digital record for every citizen in the region, integrating multiple health and social care systems connecting it to the Epic electronic patient health record.

Rhapsody is scheduled to go live in 2023 as part of the Epic roll out.

Dan West, chief digital information officer at the DoH, said: “Although Rhapsody works in the background, it ultimately helps improve frontline services for clinicians and patients.

“While continued efforts have seen staffing numbers across the HSC increase, demand for services continues to outpace that expansion. Interoperability across our information and systems along with the roll out of the new clinical platform unlocks the potential that exists for digital to play an important role in closing the capacity gap.

“Having Rhapsody as part of our IT infrastructure will help Northern Ireland on our path to becoming the first UK country with a single, connected electronic patient record. The solution will also help future proof our IT environment so we can be more cost and time effective for care professionals and service users, enabling us to focus on delivering the safest and highest quality of care to the people of Northern Ireland.” 

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