Scottish health board to share health data with partner organisations

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has deployed NextGate’s Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) system, enabling users across the area to identify and match patient records across various organisations. The initiative will ensure a further step towards the integration of children’s records across health and social care.

According to general manager ICT at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Graham Gault, linking records on such a large scale is a ‘pioneering achievement’.


‘Major move forward in Scotland’

The move not only marks a major step forward for NHS integration, but also adheres to the Scottish Government’s ‘Getting it right for every child’ guidelines. Furthermore, it is hoped that it will allow staff and social care workers to make more informed decisions and provide the best care for children.

Andy Aroditis, CEO NextGate, said: “This project represents a major move forward in Scotland for delivering joined-up services. Population health relies on accurate, timely, and aggregated information.

As an organisation, we understand that patient outcomes depend upon the accuracy of the identity verification and the quality of data provided by our technology. This project is a very positive step for the area of Dumfries and Galloway, as their local teams recognise how data management is essential to the delivery of integrated and coordinated care.”


Sophisticated tool

Gault pointed out that the new software will enable the health board to share important information with partner organisations, allowing the ‘best decisions’ to be made.

He said: “We now have a powerful and sophisticated tool to link children from records and datasets that use NHS numbers, social care numbers, police references, education references and any other type of identifier.

We can now share relevant health information with partner organisations, where appropriate, using proper information governance protocols, so that the best decisions can be made, and the safest and most effective care delivered for children.

By exploiting algorithms and probability matching tools in NextGate, we can link records in a way we have never done before. The EMPI software has provided the ability to seamlessly integrate health and social care and other third party information.”


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