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Partners develop integrated care planning platform for Suffolk

21/01/22

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Suffolk and North-East Essex (SNEE) Integrated Care System has helped to develop a proof of concept for a new integrated care planning platform.

It has worked on the development of Advanced Care Plan with Better, provider of the openEHR platform, completing the project in 12 weeks.

The platform is intended to support people with life limiting conditions by providing them and their care teams with real time access to a single information set that focuses on specific needs, anticipatory care plans and wishes. It provides professionals with appropriate access rights to information they need.

The working proof of concept is said to be the first UK implementation of a platform that facilitates care co-ordination and brings together expertise and knowledge of open standards from across the country.

A statement from SNEE ICS said: “The developed solution has demonstrated a functionality that is capable of sharing information between all care teams irrespective of the employing organisation and most importantly, it places the person at the centre of their care plan.

“The programme is the first step in the ICS’s strategy to provide a consolidated Advanced Care Plan that is centred around the person, across its population of one million.”

New capability

The organisation’s digital programme director, Kate Walker, said: “The possibility of a single digital record that is accessible by whoever needs to see it, enabling granular access rights as required by their role, and with secure operation over NHS or public facing internet has alluded IT systems. 

“This programme demonstrates this capability and presents opportunities with potential futures benefits across health and care.” 

SNEE ICS and Better have been supported by CARE IS on the integration of the solution with GP electronic health records, EMIS and SystmOne. Cohesion Medical developed an app to provide patients with secure access to their clinical records.

The two lead partners are now working with others to pilot the solution within the West Suffolk Alliance of health and care organisations. This will involve the participation of emergency response agencies, GPs, community nursing teams, St Nicholas Hospice, care homes and the West Suffolk hospital.

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