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New innovative IT system for Redditch and Bromsgrove GPs
6:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Local
GP practices across Redditch and Bromsgrove have introduced a new, innovative IT system to drive up standards in patient care.
The EMIS Web system, a clinical IT system which holds patient’s cradle-to-grave medical records, will enable GP practices to monitor the performance and efficiency of their practice against national comparators. The introduction of the system, which NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is overseeing locally, will also mean healthcare professionals in settings such as diabetes or minor surgery clinics are able to access up-to-date information about patients from GP records in an instant, and vice versa, improving patient safety.
Dr Edward Barrett, a GP at Catshill Village Surgery, where the EMIS Web system is already live, said: “As a CCG, one of our key priorities is to improve patient care and this system will help us to do this by monitoring the performance levels of GP practices against local and national indicators.
"The new IT system will enable GP practices to monitor prescribing levels and gather vital data such as the number of tests they order in comparison to other GP surgeries and admission rates to hospital as well as other vital data. By all GP surgeries having the same IT system we can look more closely at this type of activity data and use it to improve the efficiency of the service provided to our patients.
“Also, by adopting this new system we are looking to the future. We want to eventually provide a system whereby patients can routinely book appointments online, get their results online and who knows maybe even one day they can have appointments online where they can talk to their doctor or nurse from their own home.”
He added that the changeovers are quite hectic, and patients are being asked to be patient, order repeat prescriptions well in advance, and only book an appointment if absolutely necessary. This will only last for a couple of days.
For more details, see redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk/news.
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