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Yorkshire NHS trust launches Portia clinical portal


Mark Say Managing Editor

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South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) has gone live with a new clinical portal for its mental health, community, and learning disability services.

It has begun to use the Portia system based on ReStart Consulting’s Viper360 Presentation Layer platform.

The portal went live last month and is currently being implemented for different teams, developing into a care record that accesses data from eight IT systems for about 3,500 health and care professionals.

This follows the launch of a pilot 12 months ago among Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) departments in the trust’s region, which have been extending access to their datasets to other services across the trust. The service was identified as a key area that could deliver significant efficiency benefits through a shared clinical record and an incremental development of other functions.

The next step is to increase the number of users in each department, while discussions take place on measures such as implementing write back functionality and developing a patient portal. So far there are no timescales for these to be in place.

Reducing risks

Viper360 provides for interoperability between different systems and can be used in a modular approach to building systems, which can support the development of a full shared care record. Among the benefits claimed by ReStart is that it reduces clinical risks associated with disparate information on different systems and removes the duplication of data entry into specific clinical systems.

Nichola Hartshorne, Kirklees and Calderdale IAPT clinical manager, said: “We wanted to give our Single Point of Access teams and other local care providers a full picture of a patient’s interaction with the trust at the point of referral, to make sure they had visibility of patient demographics, previous appointments, contacts and progress notes.

“This not only reduces the risk of missing any relevant details on referral, it also means patients will no longer need to continually provide and repeat personal information at each care episode, therefore improving their experience.” 

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