July newsletter

Catch up on what's been going on across EMIS Health over the last month.

Earlier this month we hosted EMIS Health Live: The New Normal, a fortnight long event covering a broad range of topics. We focused on how we can maintain the momentum of change as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, make the most of digital technologies and processes to ensure that we’re ready for the next challenge ahead.

Across the two weeks we held a total of 45 session with 2700 attendees! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that joined us. If you were unable to make it, you can catch up on all the recordings via the EMIS Health Live 2020 playlist, starting with the Keynote below - or find a full round up here.

Coronavirus test results now visible to GPs

We worked closely with NHS Digital to ensure COVID-19 test results are now being automatically sent to GP systems, giving GPs visibility of which of their patients have had tests, and whether they have tested positive or negative, thanks to our Keystone product. Find out more here

Gold standard accreditation with the LPI

We're delighted to announce that our Group Training team have achieved a gold accreditation with the Learning and Performance Institute (LPI), an international acclaimed standard which recognises and champions internal departments providing high-quality and industry-standard learning services to the business. Whilst we have been accredited for 15 years, this is the first time we have achieved the highest accolade possible.

Shining Stars

Dr Asif Ahmed, GP at Brewood Medical Practice and Chair of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCGs IM&T Collaborative Board, and Andy Hadley, Primary Care Digital Programme Lead have done some really great work around electronic prescribing via remote consultation. Find out more about how they've been completing a remote consultation and using EPS during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our apprentices tell their stories

Hear from two of our apprentices as they share their journeys to joining our apprenticeship programme. 

We share our thoughts

Has primary care had its online banking moment? That's what Shaun O'Hanlon, Chief Medical Officer, discusses in his latest blog with Tech UK.

Ian Bailey, Senior Clinical Director, takes a look at how nurses have embraced technology during the Covid-19 outbreak and how its now become the new normal

Product Updates

Hospital Pharmacy

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a number of “live” stock reports have been created to provide real-time information regarding stock and stores activities.

The set of reports are:

Danger Level Report - The Danger Level Report is designed to replicate and replace the in-built Items below Danger Level report embedded in the stores module. The purpose of this report is to detail any items currently on order or in amend orders where the current stock level is below a defined fraction of the re-order level. The defined value is taken from the Set / Report Working default Overdue Alarm setting. The report has dynamic sorting and some extra fields over and above what was previously available in the in-built report.

Estimated Out of Stock Report – The Estimated out of stock report from ward stock list Report will dynamically provide stock information from items on a ward stock list for COVID-19.

Live Stock Report - The Live Stock Report is designed to list all current stock levels on the system.

Outstanding Requests (Picking Tickets) - The Outstanding Requests (Picking Ticket) Report shows a summary of all active requisitions on the system

Over Lead Time Reports – Average Product Lead Time and Supplier Defined Lead Time KPI - The Over Lead Time report shows all “on-order” items that are yet to be received, with the expected time it should have arrived based on the average lead-time for each product.This report also includes optional User Field filters. It also shows all “on-order” items that are yet to be received, with the expected time it should have arrived based on the defined lead-time for each supplier.

Stock Dashboard – all with drill-through

  • Order Lines Awaiting Receipt (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • Stocked Lines with No Stock (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • Contract Expiring this Month (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • of Lines Below Danger Level (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • Items Owed as Stock (Outstanding) (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • To-Follow Stock (top 3 stock-holdings)
  • Top 5 Stock Issues in the Last 4 Weeks (specific to 1 stock-holding)

These can all be deployed upon request.


ECDS v3.0 update and Schema changes

Please find the latest information and guidance relating to the EVDS v3.0 update and Schema changes here


NSS request for change (RFC) developments - RFC1030 Pertussis and RFC1033 Flu vaccine uptake, are now available in EMIS PCS to provide national statistics for Public Health Scotland.

We continue to deploy weekly updates for RFC1034 - COVID-19 Shielding, which adds a clinical code and alert to COVID-19 shielding category patients that have been centrally identified by NHS Scotland.

Primary Care


NHS 111 Messages - Auto filing suspected COVID-19 code

We have enhanced the incoming NHS 111 Post Event Message (PEM) report that checks for any COVID-19 disposition codes. If any of the tasks within the report have a COVID-19 disposition code, the mapped SNOMED CT code is automatically filed into the care record.

This means the code is immediately included in the next Summary Care Record (SCR) upload. Anyone treating the patient with the appropriate access will be aware, without the task having to be completed in Document Management.

EMIS Mobile

The following exciting functionality has been introduced:

  • E-Paper mode - add consultations and self referrals (the referrals feature is only available from EMIS Web 9.7.13) to unplanned patients without having access to their care records (offline).
  • Self referrals - add a self referral to a care record when online or offline. This enables you to refer a patient to a service at your organisation.
  • Patient Administration - patient administration outcomes functionality has been reintroduced in this release.

Online Consult

We have removed the adverts and forums when Patient.Info content is accessed via Online Consult. This provides a smoother user journey for patients, allowing them to focus entirely on the clinical content and guidance.

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