TPP and EMIS Health, the UK’s two leading GP software suppliers (both based in Leeds), have launched a landmark interoperability pilot in Hillingdon northwest London between SystmOne and EMIS Web.
Jointly SystmOne and EMIS Web host GP records for almost nine out of ten patients in England, along with data from community care and secondary care organisations. Users of both systems have been clear on the benefits of this interoperability, which can now be delivered in line with the national strategy.
In the pilot scheme, The Orchard Practice and the Hillingdon Diabetes Service went live with a direct interoperability between EMIS Web and SystmOne on 2nd May. The project enables GPs at the Orchard Practice using EMIS Web to securely view community nursing data from Hillingdon Diabetes Service which use TPP’s SystmOne. In return, Clinical teams at the diabetes service will be able to view their patients’ GP records. The patient’s point of care consent will be required to enable clinicians using each system to view records within the pilot project.
This is an important step forward for patients, particularly benefiting patients who receive care from many different providers and especially for those with multiple long-term conditions. The accessibility of information between the two clinical systems now means that healthcare professionals at each organisation are able to provide safer, better care, being able to access relevant information from their patients’ electronic health record.
The interoperability allows clinicians to provide more proactive care in the community that can prevent future admission to hospital which can alleviate service pressures on the acute sector and allow Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide more efficient, cost-effective healthcare services.
TPP and Emis Health will examine how a phased approach for a roll-out of the interoperability to interested organisations will be adopted, following the successful completion of the pilot.