Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is now connected to the Health Information Exchange (HIE).

This means that HIE users across the region will be able to access a range of mental health data to support patient care with their staff now able to access information on the HIE.

The reports from the trust are created “on request” and include historical data for service users and can be found in the “community and mental health” widget of the HIE.

The report includes:

  • Patient Details and Demographics
  • Allergies and Adverse Reactions
  • Events Timeline (last 100 events)
  • Risks and Warnings
  • Inpatient Episodes
  • Referrals
  • Patient Notes (last 20 notes)
  • Care Plans (inpatient only)
  • Appointments
  • Care Programme Approach (CPA)
  • Mental Health Act Status

Professor Joe McDonald, consultant psychiatrist and CCIO at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust said: “I have been passionate about being able to access care records throughout my 30-year medical career, and so often frustrated by how hard it can be to share information.

“Being able to share data electronically from our mental health trust, and for my colleagues to access patient data from other providers is a complete game changer.”

The trust is not the one organisation which can use the HIE as a selected number of users Newcastle City Council are able to access it via a web browser based viewer.

Also, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are in the final stages of testing and assuring and will be ready to go-live soon. This will mean the ambulance trust can share crew reports onto the HIE.

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear recently became the first mental health trust to join a partnership aimed at speeding up the propagation of digital patient services.

CNTW is the seventh North East NHS Foundation Trust – and the first mental health trust – to join the digital healthcare partnership, known as Health Call.

Health Call was established in 2017 in response to growing demand from patients to be able to interact with their personal health and care records through digital applications and services.