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Wales funds IT integration for health and social care



Assembly government provides £6.7 million for Bridgend to launch Community Care Information System

The Welsh Government has announced a £6.7 million investment in IT for joining up health and social care.

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said the new Community Care Information System (CCIS), based on Careworks’ CareDirector software, will support the sharing of information between organisations in health, social services, mental health, therapy and community services. It will interface with a range of NHS and local authority systems.

Bridgend County Borough Council will kick off the implementation supported by the funding, which will pay for the hardware and licences. The Welsh Government said the cost will be a fraction of what is normal for a system replacement.

The grant comes within the recently announced £14.9 million package of capital funding for the NHS in Wales.

Drakeford said: “This new system has been developed in response to the growing need to integrate health and social care. It will allow professionals in social care, community health and mental health to access and share information across organisational boundaries.

“The new system will make it easier for these services to work together to deliver improved services and support for individuals, families and communities across Wales.”

Pictured: Mark Drakeford, from National Assembly for Wales (Flickr: Mark Drakeford) CC BY 2 via Wikimedia Commons

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