More than 500 frontline emergency care staff working across A&E and other acute medical units in Somerset are now using the EMIS Web EPR Viewer to view crucial information from GP medical records of half a million patients allowing the clinicians fast and efficient access to information to improve care and save time.
The viewer gives clinicians, with patient consent, 24-hour real-time access to primary care records held by GPs. Information can be securely accessed to enable safer care, identify current patient medications and allergies, reduce unnecessary emergency admissions and avoid duplicate tests.
The EMIS Web EPR Viewer has been used some 11,000 times since the go live date.
Dr Philip Rowburrey, a Somerset accident and emergency clinician uses the viewer to check a patient’s recent consultations to try and establish if their presenting complaint is acute or something that has previously been investigated by primary care and added that it is becoming a ‘must check’ when emergency clinicians see a patient now.
Following its initial success there are plans to roll out the viewer to all clinically-led and clinically-regulated services within Somerset from summer 2017. It could eventually be available to 2,000+ clinicians including other care providers like hospices and those based just over the county borders.