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Digital Care Forum

Photo of Dr Michael Quinn, encompass Clinical Director, giving a presentation at the meting of the Digital Care Forum.
Dr Michael Quinn, encompass clinical director, at the inaugural meeting of the Digital Care Forum.

A new group, for frontline health and social care professionals interested in shaping future digital services, held its inaugural meeting recently.

The Digital Care Forum brings together a range of clinicians, including nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, pharmacists and social workers, as part of the encompass programme.

The initiative – part of the HSC transformation work – aims to create a single digital record for everyone in Northern Ireland.

Currently Northern Ireland’s health and social care system uses lots of IT systems that are old and need replaced. They also rely on paper records and processes.

A new digital record will bring information – currently sitting in a variety of places – into one record.

It will replace multiple ageing and obsolete clinical and administrative systems with a single solution.

It will also introduce new tools for health and social care professionals such as electronic prescribing, a patient portal and data reporting analytics, which will help professionals better understand and improve population health.

The team is currently in the process of procuring a supplier to deliver and implement the new system.

The encompass programme’s Clinical Director, Dr Michael Quinn, explained the need for the Digital Care Forum.

“The forum will act as a regional decision making and clinical leadership group, with members using their knowledge to make design decisions and configure clinical pathways alongside subject matter experts.

“It will be made up of front line, multidisciplinary clinical staff, who are committed to, supportive and convinced of the benefits of enabling transformation through encompass,” he said.

Around 150 staff from across HSC attended the Digital Care Forum’s inaugural meeting in Belfast.

For more information contact Kerry.Braik@hscni.net