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NW examples of informatics initiatives

Stroke Tele-health and the PACS Portal

The Cumbria and Lancashire Tele-stroke Network is a collaboration between six Acute Trusts (across eight sites) and seven PCTs in Cumbria and Lancashire whose aim was to deliver 24/7stroke thrombolysis for patients with acute ischaemic stroke in a rural area. The tele-stroke solution uses video-conferencing to enable a specialist stroke physician to assess the patient remotely, and also to review the CT head scan images. The physician is able to confirm the diagnosis of stroke, assess the severity, exclude a haemorrhage on the CT head scan and then advise the local team, with the patient, whether thrombolysis treatment would be of benefit.

 The Northwest PACS portal is a remote single sign-on service providing clinical users with real time access to external imaging and reports to support patient care across a healthcare community. The service is supporting cancer, stroke, trauma and pediatric clinical networks, and has enabled shared on-call out-of-hours cover for clinical and radiology services. The clinical benefits include a reduction in time to diagnosis and treatment, improved diagnostic accuracy, reduction in waiting times and illustrating imaging findings to patients. The webinar demonstrates how to register and access the service from within NHS net, and how trusts are managing secure access to their systems.

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PROMs 2.0

The PROMs 2.0 innovation solution delivers validated outcome measures to patients and clinicians about their surgery, in a form they can understand. This new, multi‐format patient communication system liberates patient rated outcome measures (PROMs) from distant, academic research applications to give patients accurate and relevant information about their progress following a procedure. This information is used to target individuals who need to be reviewed in clinic and reduces unnecessary clinic attendances.

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Patient Partnership in Healthcare: Online Access to Healthcare Records

 There is currently a great emphasis on the NHS working in partnership with patients, while allowing aspects of ‘self-service’ through on-line services.  There are a number of new and innovative ways of working beginning throughout the NHS to support this, including Expert Patient Programs, Electronic prescribing , as well as the development of health ‘apps’ for Android and iphones.

 The Chancellor’s ‘Autumn Statement and Growth Review’ in November 2011 promised to ensure that “all NHS patients can access their personal GP records online by the end of this Parliament”

Online access to patients records will help to support this partnership between health delivery and patients.

 This session was led by Terri Holcroft, Primary Care Lead, Informatics Directorate, NHS North West.