Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to build shared care record with Orion Health

The United Kingdom’s Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s integrated care system has signed an eight-year contract with Orion Health to develop a shared care record that will be used by eight health and care organisations and all the GP practices in its area.

The shared care record will take data feeds from the IT systems used by health and social care providers and create a single, holistic view of a patient’s medical and care information.

This will reduce the amount of time that patients spend repeating basic details about themselves to different services, while enabling professionals to deliver more efficient, co-ordinated healthcare services, with less paperwork.

The first phase of the project will launch in spring 2022 with a second phase due to follow later in the year.

One of the important factors behind Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s choice of Orion Health is its commitment to using national standards to collect and structure information.

The use of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources or FHIR and other standards will make it easier to share information between the many different IT systems in use across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, in a safe and approved way.

Brian Murray, southern sales director for Orion Health, said: “The ICS will be adopting the very latest version of the Orion Health portal, which comes with a new user interface that adjusts automatically to screen size, and new dashboards that make it easier for users to get quickly to the information that they need.

“It meets the core requirement for a shared care record and, more importantly, it lays a firm foundation for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s ambitions, which include population health management and a citizen portal / personal health record.

Andrew Raynes, director of digital and chief information officer at The Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust and chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Digital Enabling Group, said: “We have had really good engagement with our community across hospital, mental health, and community trusts, along with primary and social care, to help us take this project forward.”

Like other ICSs, it will take forward ideas outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan and is tasked with joining up existing services and creating new pathways that focus on the individual and allow them to be treated as close to home as possible.

Scott Haldane, ICS executive sponsor for the shared care record programme and director of finance at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an important step in building integrated health care records for our communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. All our partners are committed to the project, which will help us to deliver effective, joinedup care to improve the lives of our patients.”

Richard Hodder, patient representative and lead governor at Royal Papworth Hospital said: “To have instant access to a full medical history through a shared care record system represents a major advantage to both patient and clinician, especially in the emergency situation.”