A new health and social care shared record system is to be launched across Kent and Medway which will cover 1.8 million people.   

The system was commissioned by a group of organisations which includes the NHS Kent and Medway CCG, Kent County Council and Medway Council.

Bringing together a single view of individual patient’s records from multiple systems, the aim of the Kent and Medway Care Record (KMCR) aims to help health and social care providers make better decisions for those in their care.

The record will contain automated, regular data feeds from four acute hospital trusts, three community services providers, two community based mental health services providers, 225 GP practices (main sites) and 85 branch sites, and around 466 social care teams based in local authorities.

Powered by Graphnet Health, the KMCR will enable clinicians and social carers to see what care citizens are receiving from other services such as medication prescribed, alerts or allergies, hospital test results and if the patient has a social care package.

Dr Navin Kumta, clinical chair of Kent and Medway CCG said, “We are looking to this shared record to deliver a significant transformational change in Kent and Medway. As well as helping us improve the quality and safety of care for patients, it will underpin our drive to integrate citizen’s records across health and social care.”

As well as helping to join up care across the region, the KMCR has also contributed to Kent and Medway’s Covid-19 response and recovery.

A coronavirus dashboard has been developed to coordinate recovery and response planning across the county. The dashboard provides greater intelligence and information about the virus such as hot spots and demographic information. In response to the pandemic, the KMCR includes information about when a patient has been tested or diagnosed with Covid-19 to ensure continuity of care across different care settings

Brian Waters, chief executive at Graphnet, added: “Kent and Medway are using a shared record as it is intended – as a driver for transformation. We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with them, helping ensure that care is efficiently and effectively co-ordinated, and that clinical decisions are well informed.”