Connected health system saves time for health visitors and GPs in Cheshire

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GPs and health visitors in Cheshire are making significant time savings through the introduction of an integrated online system.

By using EMIS Web for Child Health, an online system for integrated health records and information, GPs and health visitors in Cheshire have reduced the time it takes to access immunisation records and other health information.

More so the time it takes to run a Child Health schedule has gone down from six hours to a matter of minutes, and phone calls to establish the latest information on a child’s medical record between GPs and health visitors have been reduced by up to 80%.

The system allows GPs and health visitors 24/7 access to shared patient records for children, information previously available only during Monday to Friday working hours.

Paul Blade, Performance & Redesign, clinical system support manager, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The implementation of EMIS Web Child Health has made a real difference to the way and speed at which we can provide information to our health visitors and GPs across West Cheshire. These users now have access the key child health information within their own clinical system, which reduces the time it takes to ring departments chasing the latest information. Timely access to vital information is a critical benefit in child care and protection and this innovation has helped to put that in the hands of health visitors across West Cheshire.”

The EMIS Web Child Health system was introduced to 36 West Cheshire CCG GP surgeries last year, successfully migrating 40,000 child health records into the system.

The system means that visitors can directly access and update children’s GP records, giving them better access to information needed for child consultations.

GPs can easily review notes taken by health visitors during visits, leading to quicker response times. Other benefits include the automatic insertion of patient invite letters into records held in EMIS Web, and a reduction in duplicated administration relating to new birth records.

Matt Murphy, managing director for primary and community care at EMIS Health said: “Health visitors play a critical role in the care of children in their early years and the timely sharing of information can improve care and potentially save lives through spotting issues earlier. EMIS Health is delighted to have been able to support Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in taking pioneering steps for the benefit of children across West Cheshire.”