Local Care Record wins EHI Award
Local Care Record wins prestigious digital digital health award for ‘Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services’
The Local Care Record has won the ‘Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services’ category of the EHI Awards. The Awards were held on 29 September at the Lancaster Hotel, London.
The EHI Awards are the UK's only dedicated healthcare IT award scheme, showcasing excellence in using IT and digital technology to improve patient care and experience.
The Local Care Record joins up patient records between all GP practices in Lambeth and Southwark and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. It enables healthcare professionals to view a patient’s medications, previous treatments, test results and any other clinical information at the touch of button, helping improve the safety of care they provide to patients.
The Local Care Record formally launched in February 2016. It has improved patient care by helping clinical teams understand and maintain consistency around advice given for long-term conditions, speeding up decision making in emergency departments, and reducing repetition of blood tests and brain scans.
Professor John Moxham, Director of Clinical Strategy at King’s Health Partners, said:
The Local Care Record is an excellent example of how partnership working can make a real difference to the lives of our patients in south east London.
It allows GPs and clinicians to make decisions based on a fuller and more up-to-date understanding of all the physical and mental healthcare needs of our patients. It’s not only improving patient safety but also improving people’s experience of using the NHS by removing unnecessary duplication.
This award win is very well deserved and highlights the importance of getting IT services right to really support integrated care.
The Local Care Record was developed as part of Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC), supported by the IT team in Essentia – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s capital, estates and facilities and IT directorate - and funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.