Secondary Care

Patients in Shetland and Orkney to Benefit From New Healthcare Information Sharing System

NHS Grampian is harnessing the power of InterSystems TrakCare®, a unified healthcare information system, to improve health outcomes for the 45,000 people who live in Shetland and Orkney. Hosted by NHS Grampian, but available to clinicians across the region, the seamless exchange of patient data will support quicker decision-making and enable more flexible ways of working that will benefit patients through better diagnosis, treatment and care.

testThe collaboration made possible with TrakCare will be especially helpful to patients requiring complex care involving a number of clinical specialties, including those with cancer. Where previously multi-disciplinary cancer teams from the islands and the mainland had to meet in person to share patient information, TrakCare now allows clinicians to securely access information from a variety of sources through one shared system, enabling them to create virtual teams. Test results can safely be shared electronically, and the team can work together to create a personalised care plan for the patient quickly and efficiently.

Whereby in the past clinicians regularly had to fly between locations on the mainland and the islands carrying medical documents, using TrakCare they can now share patient information more efficiently among local consultants in Shetland and Orkney as well as visiting clinicians and emergency staff who provide services to islanders on the mainland. By swiftly gaining access to patient information, clinicians have a better understanding of patient needs and can provide a more joined-up service for the entire population.

It’s helping to transform the way patient information is shared across the region, as Dr. Steve Baguley, clinical director of eHealth for NHS Grampian, explained: “The driving force for this is improving the quality of treatment that patients receive. TrakCare makes it much easier for clinicians working between the boards to get a more complete view of the patients they are treating. Having access to up-to-date, comprehensive information means they can take the best decisions. The system will benefit every patient who makes Shetland and Orkney their home.”