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Local Digital Roadmap: how LGSS will play a vital role in Northamptonshire’s digital transformation in health and social care - LGSS

Local Digital Roadmap: how LGSS will play a vital role in Northamptonshire’s digital transformation in health and social care

What is the Local Digital Roadmap?

The roadmap is the IT delivery mechanism for the Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

What is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership?

The partnership is an initiative aimed at delivering partnership working and a more joined-up approach amongst the health and care organisations in the county.

It supports the objectives set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View enhancing IT capabilities of local health and care organisations, embedding a sustainable and shared infrastructure for the exchange of data, and make install a paperless service by 2020.

Why do we need a roadmap?

We often hear from news media that the population is aging, resulting in an increased reliance on health and care services. We also hear about finance and resource restrictions, which lead to difficult choices regarding the provision of services.

The roadmap and strategic partnership are planning for the increase in service demand by:

  • making frontline services more efficient
  • using business intelligence to predict demand
  • using resources where they are needed most

The roadmap is also planning to put the patient at the centre of the care they receive. This could be through providing direct access to their own digital records, offering the ability to book appointments and interact with care professionals online, and implementing telehealth technologies to assist the elderly to live independently for longer.

Organisation of the roadmap

We are playing a leading role in delivering the roadmap, both through direct leadership of the programme and through strategic partnerships with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northamptonshire County Council.

Other elements of the roadmap’s delivery are led by representatives of Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital and Northamptonshire County Council.

Aims and ambitions of the roadmap

The roadmap seeks to connect the local care economy and facilitate the flow of information between organisations.

While the primary aim is to provide a fuller record for frontline clinicians and care workers, a secondary benefit will be the combined data, which will lead to more sophisticated reporting and analysis.

As we support both health and local government data, we play a leading role in consolidating the data effectively target where our local organisations need resources most.

We are also looking to collaborate with local GP federations, social care providers and technology partners from the private sector, to deliver telehealth initiatives that will improve the quality of life for the UK population.

Video consultation

One idea is to use video consultation (through products like Skype or FaceTime) to connect patients with doctors, meaning that patients do not need to take time off work to attend appointments. Video consultation would also support the frail and elderly to live independently in their homes for longer, providing peace of mind to the individual and to their families and carers.

Patients receiving intensive packages of care from multiple health and social care workers often complain about constantly communicating medical history, symptoms and medication to other professionals.  This is because, at present, these professionals do not effectively share information.

The roadmap will facilitate the sharing of data between these professionals, ensuring that each new worker will have access to the full set of patient data ready for their first visit.  This means that the patient will be required to ‘tell my story only once’ – an important motto of the programme.

How will we help with this agenda?

We will help with the procurement and management to facilitate the secure passage of data between organisations.

Integration will initially facilitate sharing between the major health and care organisations in Northamptonshire, it will also offer the possibility for wider secured sharing. This could be with the voluntary/charity sector, for example, organisations like AGE UK could connect with regional services such as East Midlands Ambulance, out-of-county NHS providers such as Birmingham Women’s Hospital, regional trauma centres, children’s centres such as Great Ormond Street and specialist centres such as Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Crucially, the integration will facilitate the sharing of data between health and social care organisations, a major ambition for us, given our unique role in supporting both sectors.