EDM Healthcare Consulting has become the latest organisation to join the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB)’s Standards Partnership Scheme.

Launched in September 2021, the standard aims to ensure that information held in a record is understood by all IT systems which means it can be exchanged between healthcare settings –  regardless of geography – more easily.

By joining the scheme, EDM Healthcare Consulting hopes to enhance what they offer to their customers. PRSB will provide the context of what structured records should look like to support the ongoing move to interoperability between EDMA solutions and EPRs.

Managing partner and lead consultant at EDM Healthcare Consulting, Harry Pettet, said: “At EDM Healthcare Consulting, we are passionate about futureproofing EDMS solutions to ensure that when EPRs and other record management systems are implemented, the existing EDMS can support interoperability and join-up with the new EPR.”

He continued: “Our philosophy is built around supporting the NHS as it transitions away from paper records. Joining PRSB’s Standards Partnership Scheme is part of our mission to do this while retaining the information that paper records contain.

“As a PRSB partner, we hope to use standards to capture paper-based information more consistently to allow this information to be more accessible to clinicians and other healthcare professionals that need it.”

The standard creates a consistent, repeatable layer within records, which ensures healthcare settings are able to find the correct information fields they need quickly.

PRSB CEO, Lorraine Foley, said: “PRSB is delighted to welcome EDM Healthcare Consulting to the Standards Partnership Scheme, which we hope will help them deliver effective ways to capture and share vital information from patients’ paper records, so that knowledge can be applied to their care today. By working together, I’m confident our organisations can support the system’s broader goal of a single, joined-up record for better, safer care.”

EDM Healthcare Consulting is joining other organisations like TPP and Graphnet, who both signed up to the scheme this year.