January newsletter 2021

This month take a look at how we're supporting you during the COVID-19 vaccination programme, our upcoming events and check out our new partner.

COVID-19 vaccination support

Our priority is to continue to support you throughout the COVID-19 vaccination programme. You can find all the information you need on the EMIS Now COVID-19 Vaccinations hub where we've pulled together full details of our solutions, including webinar recordings, latest news and updates and e-learning courses. 

The below animation gives a quick overview of how we can support your PCN throughout the programme.

Meet the team

We may not be able to see you in person as much as we'd like this year but there are still plenty of opportunities to engage with our teams through virtual events - click the links below to find out more and register. 

Scotland webinar series: The future of EMIS in Scotland

Hear about our future plans in Scotland and participate in a Q&A panel discussion.

For GPS, nurses and practice managers:

Friday 29 January 13:00 - 13:45

Wednesday 3 February 14:00 - 14:45

For Health Board teams:

Friday 5 February 12:30 - 13:15

Acute medicines management user group

The Acute Medicines Management User Group is an opportunity to hear from our teams and receive updates on recent projects, future plans and road-maps.

Tuesday 9 February 09:30 - 16:00

EMIS partners conference and awards

We're inviting our partners to join us as we share updates and create opportunities for our partners to connect. We'll also be hosting the inaugural EMIS Partner of the Year awards, sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Wednesday 24 February 13:00 - 16:00

Upcoming appearances 

Digital Health Rewired 

We'll be attending the virtual event from 15th-19th March 2021. Visit us at our virtual booth and look out for our keynote session. Register here.

FutureScot: Digital Health and Care Transformation 2021

We'll be hosting a masterclass alongside our virtual exhibition booth at this virtual event on Wednesday 31st March. Register here.

Transforming patient consent with our new partner Concentric Health  

We're delighted to announce our exclusive partnership with Concentric Health to scale-up Concentric’s market-leading digital consent application and expand our portfolio of solutions supporting acute and secondary care settings.

Already used at a number of NHS trusts, Concentric's innovative solution digitally transforms the paper process of giving consent prior to an operation or treatment, and enables remote consent pathways. NHS Trusts can enhance the patient and clinician experience through accessible, personalised and shared decisions, as well as dramatically improve pre-surgical procedures through remote paperless pathways and reducing day-of-surgery delays. Find out more about Concentric.

In the news

How a joined-up COVID-19 response can help tackle the care deficit

There is no doubt that the NHS has excelled in the face of the COVID pandemic, but the first wave caused a care deficit that they're still trying to make up.

In December Senior clinical director, Ian Bailey and clinical director, Edward Clode-Baker talked to Digital Health about how by working together, with the right technology, we can ensure that every patient is getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

Click here to read the full article.

EMIS and Elemental enhance reporting for social prescribing

Earlier this month HTN reported on how our partnership with Elemental is helping to take social prescribing to the next level. The integration aims to remove any barriers of receiving information back after a referral and to support an improved picture of the social prescribing referral for the patient.

Click here to read the full article.

Product updates

EMIS–X Document Manager

EMIS-X Document Manager, the first clinical application to be introduced on our EMIS-X platform, is currently undergoing NHS Digital assurance. The product is getting ready to go into pilot with full release later this year.


Auto-filing flu vaccine codes

In EMIS Web 9.10 we introduced an enhancement to auto-file a FHIR Digital Medicine message for a flu vaccine administered by a pharmacy into the patient's record.

Patient Access event notifications

Notifications can now be sent directly from EMIS Web in to Patient Access, making it easier for patients to be notified of things like appointment booking without patients needing to log into the app.

Enhancements and fixes

We've improved several aspects of the system and resolved a number issues. For more information on all of these, please see EMIS Now.

Collaboration with our partner system Docman

We've been working closely with Advanced (Docman) to develop a number of enhancements around unfiled documents and online visibility. For full details, please see EMIS Now.


We've launched a new COVID-19 vaccination template for EMIS PCS practices which is available from the EMIS Repository folder. We're continuing to work with NSS on fortnightly shielding patient list updates and we're working with partner suppliers to import COVID-19 vaccine data from Scottish national systems.

Online Consult

Image upload functionality enabled

We've introduced functionality to enable patients to upload images as part of our Online Consult solution. This is available to patients submitting forms through the web-based version of Online Consult and will soon also be available to patients submitting forms through Patient Access. This change will allow patients using the service to supplement the information they provide to clinicians with images, improving the speed and accuracy of diagnoses. Image upload has currently been enabled on 10 forms, with more to come, each of which provide a full explanation for patients along with informed consent to store the image against their patient record.  

New long term conditions health check forms added

We’ve introduced a series of new forms for reviews of a variety of long term conditions, covering asthma, COPD, cardiovascular health and diabetes. The cardiovascular health form includes cardiovascular health checks, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and TIA, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. The diabetes form covers both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

All forms have been clinically authored and peer reviewed, and sync with QOF and practice reporting requirements. They can be used to perform long term condition reviews, to supplement follow up telephone checks, or to reduce the time patients need to spend in the practice if they do need a face-to-face review.

ProScript Connect

We've successfully launched 1.25.8, this contained some new integration functionality between ProScript Connect and Centred Solutions. 

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