Health Information Exchange (HIE)
In March 2019, NHS Islington CCG board agreed that Islington GPs would join the programme to give them access to HIE in 2019. Planning is underway to join up Islington GP records with records at University College London Hospital (UCLH) the pre-existing connections in Barnet (the Royal Free Group of hospitals) and Enfield GPs.
The introduction of EPIC at UCLH has introduced some additional steps to the programme and in light of this, go-live for Islington GPs has been rescheduled to the beginning of 2020. At present, the plan is for Islington GPs to go live in February 2020.
All GP practices will be given access to HealtheIntent by the end of 2019, however it will not be fully populated with patient data at this point in time.
Preparing for the introduction of HealtheIntent and Health Information Exchange
For 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 platform. 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 deployment lead for Islington, Steve Fothergill, will work with practice managers to walk them through the process of signing both data sharing agreements.
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