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Leeds Becomes First GP Connect City

Leeds becomes the first fully-connected GP Connect City through NHS Digital

Clinicians across the whole of Leeds now have access to GP records for patients in the city. NHS Digital has developed GP Connect, a service which allows authorised clinical staff and GP to share digital records. This fast access to records will enable clinicians to make quicker and better decisions about patient care.

GP Connect is particularly beneficial for hospitals across Leeds. It allows hospital staff to access information about patients’ care and previous encounters with GPs. Through NHS Digital, there is a stronger link between primary and secondary care thanks to data.

GP Connect is now available to all GP practices in Leeds after the GP system supplier, TPP, joined EMIS Health to help implement and roll out GP Connect. In the future, GP Connect will be able to provide allergy information and structured medications for more efficient appointment management and to improve patient care across the whole city.

The Chief Digital and Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust said of GP Connect; “In Leeds we can now plan to have a fully integrated primary care, social care, hospital care and mental health care record in place throughout the city in 2019, a giant leap and a unique proposition for the NHS.”

The Chief Medical Officer at EMIS Group, Dr Shaun O’Hanlon said; “We are delighted that connectivity via GP Connect is available right across Leeds. This important partnership with NHS Digital is part of our company’s wider commitment to providing the tools for system interoperability using open NHS standards across the UK, and helping clinicians drive up standards of joined up patient care.”

Find out more about GP Connect in Leeds at NHS Digital.

Article source: https://digital.nhs.uk

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