Moving forward with NHS messaging - are you ready for the changes?

A number of NHS directives for messaging are being updated to help improve communication across healthcare settings. Here we explain the changes in the coming months, how this will affect your organisation, and how we can help you make those changes.

Discharge Summary Reporting

Organisations are being strongly encouraged to adopt an electronic transmission approach for sending discharge summaries. The HSCIC has mandated that from 1st October 2015, all discharge summaries need to be submitted to GPs, not only within 24 hours but they need to be sent electronically.  To help organisations take this step, NHS England, the HSCIC and the Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) have agreed standards for both discharge summary content and for electronic methods for sharing discharge information.

What are the changes?

Over the next year, the HSCIC will be encouraging organisations to adopt the new Transfer of Care CDA message types. 

These will have the advantages of PRSB headings which will help standardise content within Transfer of Care communications, and will also eventually include drug and allergy information as well as coded data.

How can we help?

EMIS Health are working alongside the HSCIC to develop the messaging group strategy. With over 20 years experience in healthcare messaging and over 30 NHS organisations using our discharge summary messaging solutions, we are perfectly placed to help you improve your messaging capabilities, save time and comply with the latest national messaging standards. 

Find out more about Keystone here


What are the changes?

New data sets have been created by HSCIC to try and capture missing information from Community services, which each NHS site has been mandated to collect. These include the Maternity Services (MSDS) and the Childrens and Young People (CYPH) data sets. In addition to the MSDS and CYPH data sets, HSCIC are in consultation to remove Accident and Emergency reporting from the CDS message.

These data sets are submitted using the Open Exeter portal, resulting in a manual submission process.

In addition to this manual submission process the manner in which the XML schemas have been written, means that everything is optional in the message. Validation is carried out when a message has been submitted to the portal, which has resulted in a great deal of time being spent on the process, with more checks being made and multiple submissions being rejected.

How can we help?

Emis Health has taken the validation carried out by the portal and produced it locally, which enables you to be able to validate your messaging before submission. This helps speed up the submission process and reduces time for staff in submitting messages.  

We have over 115 NHS organisations using our CDS messaging services, helping them provide the correct information, at the right time, to the appropriate NHS standards bodies.

Find out more about our messaging solutions: 

Data Transfer Service

The Data Transfer Service (DTS) will be replaced with the message exchange service for health (MESH), a system developed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This means that a new client installation will be required for all organisations who currently have a DTS Client.

It is expected that there will be a full roll out by June 2016. The new MESH Client will need to be rolled out in a phased transition to all Keystone customers by June 2016. In order for us to enable the new MESH Client some preparation and implementation work will need to be done, so speak to us as soon as possible to ensure you are up to date with the latest client. 

Our messaging team will be here to help you make the change to MESH when you need to.

Find out more information on our Keystone messaging solution here.

Why EMIS Health?

Previously known as Indigo 4, EMIS Health's messaging solutions enable healthcare organisations to provide the correct information, at the right time, to the appropriate NHS standards bodies.

With EMIS Health’s Keystone solution, we manage data flows between hospitals, CCGs, GPs, community care and the NHS Secondary Uses Service (SUS).

  • You can retrieve messaging from many departments such as pathology, radiology, clinical correspondence including discharge summaries, Commissioning Data Sets (CDS), Maternity Data Set and Health Checks message flows, reducing your capital costs and improving data quality from a variety of areas.

  • From creating national standards messaging specifications, to bespoke specifications for other healthcare software systems, our Messaging solutions are flexible and scalable to meet the size and requirements of your organisation.

  • We work closely with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) before a new message type is released, so you can continue a smooth messaging workflow without delays.

  • You have an at-a-glance overview of all your messaging, making you aware of any errors so you can respond and amend immediately, and improve the quality of your own data.

  • Take advantage of our CDS Translation Service, where we can manage the translation and submission of your CDS messages on your behalf, saving your staff valuable time and greatly reducing likelihood of errors and late submissions.