Health Information Exchange
In March 2019, NHS Islington CCG board agreed that Islington GPs would join the programme to give them access to HIE in Summer 2019. Planning is currently underway to join up Islington GP records with records at University College London Hospital UCLH, and the pre-existing connections in Barnet (the Royal Free Group of hospitals).
In April 2019, UCLH introduced a new electronic patient record (EPR) system at the Trust - known as EPIC. A link between EPIC and Health Information Exchange is currently in development.
In Autumn 2018, Islington and Haringey borough partnerships stepped forward to be the early-adopter sites for HealtheIntent. The programme team are now working closely with the partnership, with Islington GP Federation and with NHS Islington CCG to agree a plan for deploying the software to GPs.
A full information pack for Islington GPs has been created to answer questions about both applications. This includes information on information governance, communications with patients and how both systems will work.
Preparing for the introduction of HealtheIntent and Health Information Exchange
For most GP practices in Islington, preparing to be part of the programme is relatively simple and there are two activities that they will need to undertake.
Signing data sharing agreements
Each practice will need to sign two data sharing agreements – one for each application. These describe the nature of data sharing, how information will be kept safe, who will have access to it and what their responsibilities are.
The GP IT lead for Islington, Steve Fothergill, will work with practice managers to walk them through the process of signing both data sharing agreements. The deployment lead for HealtheIntent, Nina Paul, is working with Haringey and Islington borough partnerships on the introduction of HealtheIntent and will also contact practices to discuss their involvement.
Steve Durbin, the GP Data Protection Officer is available for advice, guidance and to answer questions in relation to information governance and data sharing agreements.
Telling patients about the joined-up record
Practices will need to tell patients about the joined-up record and give them the opportunity to opt out if they do not want to be part of this. Each practice will be provided with leaflets and posters to help them do this. The North London Partners website will act as an information hub for patients and also give access to translations of information into other languages as well as a downloadable opt-out form.
In preparation for ‘CareMyWay’ Islington CCG already contacted patients about joining up records and anyone who previously opted out will have their choice applied to this scheme.
You can see patient information at: www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/joined-up-care-record