Professional Records Standard Body newly appointed chief exec explains the importance of setting care record standards across the healthcare system.
Central NHS organisations are rebooting attempts to improve communication between emergency departments and GPs, with the ‘perpetual winter’ crisis now affecting the NHS spurring new efforts.
All NHS providers must send digital discharge summaries to GPs using standard clinical headings by December this year, the new draft NHS standard contract says.
EXCLUSIVE: Around two thirds of NHS trusts are sharing discharge summaries electronically with GPs and one fifth are prescribing electronically, early findings from digital maturity self-assessments show.
The October target for all providers to send discharge letters electronically is not being monitored nationally, but has focused attention on the need to make the process paperless, supporters have argued.
Some Nottinghamshire GPs have used the October e-discharge target to stop receiving faxes altogether, forcing all providers to adopt electronic processes.
EXCLUSIVE: NHS providers must send discharge summaries to GPs electronically by October this year, NHS England has said.
St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is sending all of its discharge summaries to GPs electronically.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is trialling a new module of the Welsh Clinical Portal which automatically adds a patient’s medication to the discharge summary.
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is sending discharge letters to GPs across eight clinical commissioning groups using PCTI’s Electronic Document Transfer Hub.