In a limited pilot project in Hillingdon northwest London, the Orchard Practice and the Hillingdon Diabetes Service today went live with a direct interoperability between EMIS Web and SystmOne. This enables GPs at the Orchard Practice using EMIS Web to securely view community nursing data from Hillingdon Diabetes Service who use TPP’s SystmOne. Clinical teams at the diabetes service will also be able to see their patients’ GP records from EMIS Web. At those organisations involved in the pilot, clinicians using each system will only be able to view records with a patient’s point of care consent.
Together SystmOne and EMIS Web host GP records for nearly nine out of ten patients in England, as well as data from community care and secondary care organisations.
This interoperability represents a fundamental step forwards for patients. This will particularly benefit patients who receive care from many different providers, especially for those with multiple long-term conditions. The visibility of information between the two clinical systems now means that healthcare professionals at each organisation are able to provide safer, better care as they are both able to access relevant information from their patients’ electronic health record. The project adopts a similar technological approach to NHS interoperability projects such as GP Connect, which both TPP and EMIS are currently engaged in with NHS Digital.
By enabling more informed clinical decision making, the interoperability allows clinicians to provide more proactive care in the community that can prevent future admission to hospital. This can alleviate service pressures on the acute sector and allow Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide more efficient, cost-effective healthcare services.
Following the successful completion of the pilot, TPP and Emis Health will examine how a phased approach for a roll-out of the interoperability to interested organisations will be adopted.