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iSOFT developments to help re-shape primary care in Wales

19th October 2010

iSOFT Group Limited (ASX: ISF) has been awarded a contract to work with
NHS Wales to roll out the Individual Health Record (IHR) nation-wide.

The IHR will make patient information held in iSOFT’s GP systems available to local out-of-hours services and in other unscheduled care settings via the Welsh Clinical Portal. Initially, the company will interface its GP systems to the Adastra out-of-hours system, via an iSOFT health record solution specifically customised for Wales.

The solution combines extensions to iSOFT’s primary care practice systems together with iSOFT’s integration technology and electronic health record functionality, which provides the central IHR repository and viewing tool for patient records fed from the GP systems. iSOFT is implementing data streaming to transfer data from the practice systems to the repository. The streamed data conforms to the nationally agreed Welsh NHS content and data model standards, which support practice and patient opt in and out preferences, and the exclusion of sensitive patient information.

“The solution exemplifies iSOFT’s ‘Smart Solutions’ approach in which new technologies and existing functionality are combined to deliver value-for-money solutions that can be quickly installed and rolled-out,” said Adrian Stevens, iSOFT’s UK Managing Director.

Initially, iSOFT will focus on developing the solution for GP practices in Wales using its Synergy and Ganymede GP applications.

Adrian Stevens says the solution is being developed in partnership with the NHS in Wales to open standards set by the new NHS Wales Informatics Service. “The open and extensible nature of the solution means that it will form the core of iSOFT’s offering to integrated care  organisations looking to connect primary and secondary care providers in supporting the patient journey across existing organisational boundaries.”

iSOFT has also been contracted to enable its GP systems to use the Welsh Clinical Communications Gateway (WCCG), which is an e-referrals system based on the SCI Gateway, developed and used by NHS Scotland.

This will allow GPs using iSOFT GP systems to make electronic referrals directly from practice systems.

GPs will choose referral needs online and generate a referral letter.

 

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