Last week, TPP began a pioneering new project to connect care homes to the wider health economy. Donisthorpe Hall Care Home in Moortown, Leeds, West Yorkshire have started to use SystmOne to view data from the shared electronic patient record (EPR). The go live marks the start of a project to provide SystmOne to all care homes in the country license free.
The West Yorkshire area has already made big strides in digital health and use a shared EPR extensively across primary care services, including urgent care. This project will enable Donisthorpe Hall Care Home to make an immediate difference to healthcare.
As one of the largest care homes in Yorkshire, Donisthorpe Hall look after a wide variety of the vulnerable elderly from residential care to severe dementia residents and respite residents. Their aim is to use the EPR to better meet the needs of residents and ultimately provide the best quality of care. Improved coordination of care across the health economy will also prevent residents from entering acute care unnecessarily.
Maria Holdsworth, Registered Manager, Donisthorpe Hall Care Home stated “I am really excited about this project. The opportunity to enhance the care of our residents cannot be underestimated. Nurses and senior carers will have direct access to resident records on GP systems. This will allow for much timelier intervention and communication.”
Over the last few months, the elderly care challenge has been well documented in the media as well as being highlighted by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. There is an urgent need to address the rise in multiple long term conditions and fragmented patient care. The use of SystmOne will link up a previously overlooked area of care where there are some of the most complex patients with the most complex needs.