EMIS Web has transformed data searching and reporting for 45 GP practices within NHS Stoke on Trent.
Data quality manager Neil Ryder is now able to produce data reports from his desktop in 24 hours, subject to data-sharing agreements with local practices, thanks to EMIS Web’s state of the art search functionality. It means the data quality team no longer has to spend weeks travelling around individual practices to collect data.
“We went live with the system about ten months ago, and the speed with which we can now turn round reports is quite dramatic. We have to collect data every three months for NHS Health Checks and it used to take a day to get round, on average, just five practices; now we can get results from one practice in five to ten minutes. I would estimate that it has saved our data collection time by about 90 per cent, and we no longer have to trouble individual practices with visits.”
Neil is particularly impressed by EMIS Web’s reporting element. “It’s a lot more powerful than anything else on the market. For example, all systems let you run a search for patients with diabetes, but EMIS Web also allows you to extract and report on their latest blood pressure reading or smoking status much more easily than any other clinical system I have used. It eliminates the need to go into the record and make manual notes. You can also break down reports by elements such as age range, medications, or dosages.”
Neil has plans for a number of data searches in future that will help improve patient care and make life easier for practice managers. For example, with agreement from individual practices, he hopes to carry out centralised searches for enhanced services data - with the potential to save each practice manager up to four hours a month on producing data reports.