Why are we doing this?

Dr. Masood Nazir
"As a local GP, it makes absolute sense to me that my patients' medical information should be shared, where relevant, appropriate and with their consent, to directly improve the care they receive. By giving those providing care the information they need when they need it most, we can all work together to provide better, safer care for our patients."
Dr. Masood Nazir GP at Hall Green Health & Chief Clinical Information Officer for the Your Care Connected Programme

Sharing information to improve the care you receive

We want to provide patients with better, safer care. That is why the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), responsible for buying health services in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull, are working together to make it easier for the healthcare professionals to deliver the standard of care that patients expect.

We are doing this to:

  • Provide a more joined-up NHS service in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull
  • Support direct patient care i.e. the care you receive when you visit hospital
  • Give those treating patients the information they need when they need it most

The record will be:

  • Viewed via a secure “lookup” method – the information cannot be saved, edited, printed or used for other purposes, and no data warehouse or extraction involved
  • Accessed only with the permission of the patient at the point of care, unless they’ve opted out 
  • Completely auditable

Can't those treating me already see this information?

9 out of 10 patients think this already happens*...

Unfortunately not. At the moment there are many different computer systems used by the NHS in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull which hold a patient’s health records and not all of them are connected to each other. For example, the information held by a GP is not automatically available when a patient visits a hospital, meaning that patients may have to continuously repeat their information or fill out lots of forms and clinicians may have to contact practices regularly to request patient records. All of this takes valuable time that could be spent caring for the patient.

Your Care Connected will allow those clinicians to view vital parts of the patient’s record, with the patient's permission, in order to provide better, safer care. 

*Based on an independent survey of 1,000 patients conducted in November 2014.

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