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Microtest launches first collaborative care plan system to be made available across the UK

testPlanned Care is an innovative new system for sharing a patient’s care plan across organisations, including hospitals, GPs, social services, care homes, the ambulance service, community teams, pharmacies, charities and the police. The first system of its kind to be made available across the UK, Planned Care will revolutionise access to the latest records on a patient’s care plan as well as flagging up all key points at a glance. It will integrate with Microtest’s Open Evolution clinical system as well as with any other clinical system.

Chris Netherton, MD of Microtest, says: “Planned Care represents a huge step forward towards the goal of ‘joining up’ healthcare. We are very proud that it is the first system of its kind to be made available across the UK and that it is has such potential to transform patient safety. The patient is at the heart of the system: All care plans are produced with the patient to aid the delivery of patient centric care. This will make a big difference to improving patient care across multiple settings as well as help staff save significant amounts of time. The system has been designed for ease of use, both by organisational staff and the patient themselves, who will authorise the records being shared between organisations and who will also be able to access their care plan online. Accessibility and two way communication with the patient are driving principles of this exciting innovation.”

Planned Care will streamline patient care in a wide number of ways. For example, GPs will benefit from immediate access to aftercare plans set when a patient is discharged from hospital. The Ambulance Service will be able to avoid unnecessary admissions as the system will allow the best decisions to be made in the case of emergency treatment being required. Planned Care will also help other organisations such as social services and community teams such as Mental Health, community nurses, nursing homes and the police service make informed assessments of any patient’s care needs.

As well as recording the latest patient care plan details, the system stores all previous records and will clearly flag up the most important items. It also features the ability to upload documents such as XRays, photos or copies of any patient instructions such as ‘Do not resuscitate’ requests. It also includes a useful feature by which users can choose to receive a notification of any update to the care plan.

The system allows plans that are compliant with Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination Systems (EPaCCS) to be stored and referenced and will help ensure that a patient’s ‘end of life’ plan is fully respected as well as improve patient care for all at every stage of life.

Chris Netherton concludes: “This is our latest innovation to be launched as part of our Open Futures range – it will integrate with all clinical systems, opening up new possibilities for improved patient safety and raising the bar in collaborative patient care.”