The contracts will see community providers in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire switch from RiO to EMIS Web to help manage more than 50 services including dementia care, district nursing, health visiting, a community hospital and two minor injury units.
Community providers already using EMIS Web in the south of England include Bromley Healthcare, which also moved from Rio, Camden clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Barts Health NHS Trust.
Martin Bell, director of community, children’s and mental health at EMIS said: “The opening up of the London and Southern market is a fantastic opportunity to transform delivery of frontline community services. These two important contracts show that EMIS has truly arrived in this marketplace. Clinicians are excited about the potential to share information across the wider healthcare team, and managers are attracted by the improvements to efficiency we can help deliver.
“We are delighted to be working with North Somerset Community Partnership and Sirona Care and Health in south Gloucestershire to enable integration of services across health and social care. We are confident that EMIS technology can help drive up clinical standards across their patient populations.”
Among other benefits, the new contracts will enable:
- secure, two-way data sharing (with patient consent) between around 750 community staff and 52 local GP practices giving them access to vital, real-time patient information
- secure records access for clinicians on the move via EMIS Mobile
- electronic records for a rapid response team, including emergency care practitioners, in South Gloucestershire
- district nurses and therapists in North Somerset to develop electronic rehabilitation and wound care plans for patients in partnership with GPs
- Clevedon Community Hospital in North Somerset to help manage inpatient beds and to support musculoskeletal multidisciplinary clinics.
Dr Andrew Appleton, clinical information management and technology lead for South Gloucestershire CCG said: “We were very pleased when Sirona chose EMIS Web as their community system. Like most CCGs, one of our aims is to cut down on hospital readmissions and make the discharge process smoother for vulnerable elderly patients with multiple morbidities. EMIS Web will enable better health and social care planning, so that patients have the right support in place to enable them to be cared for in the community wherever possible. Everyone involved will have the information they need at the click of a button.”
Thelma Howell, director of operations at North Somerset Community Partnership said: “Many of our clinicians were directly involved in choosing our new clinical system. They picked EMIS Web because it will enable us to achieve our vision of sharing real-time data across all the different clinicians caring for the same patient. EMIS Mobile is particularly useful, as it will enable us to deliver great healthcare even where there is no mobile signal – it’s a real plus in an area like North Somerset, where we struggle with mobile network coverage.”