The new £12.5 million, seven-year contract will focus on building on and joining up existing shared care records for 3.8m citizens across Surrey, the Thames Valley and Buckinghamshire.
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For Ewan Davis, the recent reported annoyance over the purpose of local health and care record exemplars (LHCREs) is misplaced – he argues that it was always the intention for LHCREs to enable a national data resource. He also believes that such a resource is necessary and valuable. But he suggests it will only be possible if changes are made and the lessons of the past heeded.
When the Local Health and Care Record Exemplars LHCREs were created, the official line is that they would support local direct care and enable population health management and analytics at regional level. But, as Digital Health editor Jon Hoeksma reports, tensions are emerging on whether they should also provide a bridge to a federated care.data-like national data resource.
The Yorkshire and Humber Local Health and Care Record Exemplar now has 30 IT leaders trained under the College for Healthcare Informatics Professionals.
How much progress has been made on shared records, what obstacles remain, and can the exemplars help other areas of the NHS progress? Maja Dragovic investigates.
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In a refreshingly upbeat speech from NHS England’s famously-candid national director for operations and information, Swindells suggested NHS IT had taken “a huge step forward” in the past two years.
The Lancashire Person Record Exchange Service enables clinicians to share patient records and notes with other health and care organisations electronically.
A major collaboration aimed at improving health and care services in Greater Manchester has been extended for a further three years.
A total of seven consortia have been bidding for two remaining LHCRE projects, joining the three announced in late May; London, Manchester and Wessex.
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