In mid and south Essex, we’re changing the way your health and care information is managed to ensure you get the best, safest care possible. To help achieve this, we will be launching a Shared Care Record in Spring 2024. This will join up the separate care records held by different health and care organisation into one structured and easy-to-read format.
This new digital system will bring together essential details about your care, including things like GP visits, illnesses, hospital admissions, and treatments. In the future, the people looking after you will have a clear picture of your health and care history. This will help them to provide the best possible care for you.
Having records scattered in different places has led to delays and created challenges. But with the new Shared Care Record, doctors, paramedics, and other professionals will have instant access to crucial information, such as allergies or medications. Not only does this help you get more timely treatments, in emergencies it could prove lifesaving.
Beyond just providing access to information, the Shared Care Record will help us to deliver more tailored care. Instead of retelling your health story every time you see a different specialist, they’ll already have access to a lot of this information. This holistic approach helps deliver more personalised care and can help to ease transitions between NHS and social care services.
It’s not just about better care – it’s also about efficiency. Instead of wasting time hunting down bits of information, health and care professionals will have the information they need at their fingertips. That speeds up decisions and ensures you get the care you need faster.
Your privacy is a top priority for us. All information in the Shared Care Record remains confidential and only accessible to those directly involved in your care. It is also safeguarded by Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), ensuring that only authorised people have access to specific information. The Shared Care Record pulls together data from different systems by getting the systems to talk to each other. It does not store any data itself, and your information won’t be used for planning or research.
If you would like to know more about our overall approach to improving care by joining up health and care information, please visit MyCareRecord:MyCareRecord
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