September newsletter 2021

This month we're introducing you to Online Consult Scheduler, celebrating World Heart Day with ECG On-Demand and back in person at some of our upcoming events, take a look!

Introducing Online Consult Scheduler

We recently released new functionality within our Online Consult solution to make it quick and easy to schedule form availability. Scheduler brings you much more than just ‘on/off’ functionality, with features designed to save you time and improve clinical safety. You can find support and guidance, including a demo video of how to use the new features via EMIS Now. To find out what Online Consult could help your practice to achieve, take a look at our website.

Fife surgery cuts the queues with Online Consult

Methilhaven Surgery in Fife share how Online Consult has helped them to meet patient demand. After already experiencing high volume of patient demand before the COVID pandemic hit, the surgery knew it was time to try a new approach when they then found themselves facing this unprecedented challenge on top of their day to day workload. Hear how they benefited from Online Consult.

World Heart Day - Wednesday 29 September

In celebration of World Heart Day, Technomed share how their ECG On-Demand solution allows patients to undergo heart monitoring from home through the use of self-fit kits. As well as reducing the number of hospital visits, the service - which integrates with EMIS Web - has reduced diagnosis times to below pre COVID-19 service delivery times and the easy, effective process has resulted in an enviably low 2.6% re-test rate. We take a closer look at how this solution bagged Technomed our Partner of the Year award for Empowering Patients.

Innovations in digital consent

The changing legal and regulatory landscape of consent and shared decision making has led to a perfect storm challenging the traditional paper-based consenting methods. Edward St John, co-founder and chief medical officer of Concentric, shares their 21st-century solution to the requirements of consent and improved theatre efficiency, particularly relevant in these challenging and turbulent times.

Hear more from Edward at our upcoming webinar, where we'll be exploring the rationale for digital consent and how to implement it. 

Upcoming events

It's great to be back in person attending events, but don't worry we're still hosting virtual events too. Take a look at where you can find us over the next few weeks.

QNI Annual Conference 2021

The theme of this years conference is ‘Building Back Fairer’ and will feature a huge range of exciting speakers, including our clinical director, Ian Bailey who will be kicking off Day 2 - Tuesday 12 October at 9:30am. 

The event takes place virtually from Monday 11 - Friday 15 October

The Best Practice Show

Register to attend The Best Practice Show in Birmingham where you can network and learn from industry experts across the general practice community through a stimulating conference programme and exhibition. Make sure you come say hi to us on stand E90.

Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 October

The Pharmacy Show

Register to attend The Pharmacy Show in Birmingham for two days of education, networking opportunities and fun. Pop by and chat to us on stand H55. 

Sunday 17 - Monday 18 October

Innovations in digital consent – introducing Concentric Health

Globally with over 300 million operations performed per year, consent for treatment is a big issue. Concentric is revolutionising the way healthcare professionals share treatment decisions and consent their patients. Learn about the rationale for digital consent and how to implement it and find out why Concentric aims to offer the best medical consent platform on the planet.

This event takes place virtually Monday 1 November at 19:00

Take a look at key guidance and resources to support you this flu season

Digital transformation in Pharmacy

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and in the current climate, the role of the pharmacist is undergoing rapid change, driven both by the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that patients are taking a more active role in their healthcare. Read more about the digital transformation taking place in pharmacy.

In the news

Product updates

Primary care

Flu season 2021 extract

The Flu Season 2021 extract is now live and information from organisations has been extracting to NHS Digital since 1 September 2021. For the first time, the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme Enhanced Service Specification 2021/22 enables practices to vaccinate specific patients that are not registered with the practice, namely:

  • Front-line health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, or a voluntary managed hospice provider; and
  • Those living in: long-stay facilities; nursing homes; other long-stay health or social care facilities; or a housebound patients.

Click here for more information

Patient Access

Check out the latest releases:

  • Flu vaccine eligibility checker 2021 is now live, a questionnaire that helps people understand their eligibility for free vaccine and people who are not eligible are sign posted toward private flu vaccines
  • A platform upgrade and migration for Vidyo which is used for video calling between Patient Access and clinician side.
  • User experience enhancements within Patient Access apps including accessibility improvements, account section improvements and animation of medication status tracker.
  • Combined Native apps release (Phased roll out due shortly): Login prompt for medication assistant, get health advice form availability, Vidyo upgrade and migration.


Symphony 3.1

Symphony 3.1 will be released shortly. This release will include enhancements in security and encryption to compliment the Symphony version 3 package.

Transfer of Care (FHIR eDischarge summary)

Providing Symphony with the ability to send the NHS FHIR standard Emergency Care eDischarge Summary. This is available now and EMIS are currently working with first of type adopters.

Coming soon...

  • Web Viewer enhancements – to support single sign on with active directory.
  • GP Documents – enhancement to our successful GP Record viewer, the ability to see GP documents held in the GP record, this is a first of type for EMIS and NHS-D.

Community Pharmacy

Check out the latest Community Pharmacy updates:

  • New developments for Clinical Services Hub are still in progress, with a release targeted for this month.

  • The Department for Health have extended the current SSP endorsement workaround in place until next year. Initially this workaround was due to end in September 2021, with PSC 1.26.2 delivering the new accredited functionality to claim the endorsements. PSC 1.26.2 will be rolled out in October allowing Pharmacies to migrate to the new functionality in PSC at their convenience. Full details of these changes have been shared.

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