Patient’s records innovation to improve A&E visits unveiled

Patient’s records innovation to improve A&E visits unveiled

Patients visiting A&E at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd are to benefit from staff having much easier access to their full medical records as part of a landmark £3m investment by the Welsh Labour Government in a new national IT system.

Labour’s AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has welcomed that patients in North Wales will be among the first to benefit from the scheme which should improve the patient experience by speeding up waiting times and give staff instant access to full records to help with effective diagnosis and treatment.

Ms Jones said: “Giving staff instant access to patient’s full medical records is an important innovation which should improve the experience patients get. Not only will this hopefully see waiting times reduce, but also improve the quality of care that patients receive from medical staff at A&E.

“I am very pleased that this new innovative IT system is now in place as part of a whole raft of capital investment by the Welsh Labour Government to ensure that our NHS is ready and equipped with the ever increasing demands put on it. With the new £90m emergency quadrant at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd making a huge difference already, this new system is a key part of improving services at A&E in our local area”.

The new national Emergency Department Clinical Information Management Scheme (EDCIMS) will help improve unscheduled care services by streamlining the flow of information about patients and reducing paperwork for healthcare professionals. The new system will allow real-time information to be shared and will fully integrate with existing hospital and GP systems to support test requesting, results reporting and clinical correspondence. It will also ensure information follows the patient.

It will initially be introduced in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Boards, with all other Health Boards expected to adopt the national system at a later date.

The £3m investment is part of a wider £14.9m package of new Welsh Government capital funding for the Welsh NHS.