Over 400 staff from health and social care Trusts and patient representatives attended three regional workshops recently organised by the encompass programme to help shape future digital care.
There was a high level of engagement from staff who took part, giving valuable input from their experience and expertise across a range of disciplines, grades and care settings.
The HSC uses lots of different systems which cannot easily, or just can’t, communicate with each other. Many of them are old, no longer supported by the supplier and need to be replaced. We have an opportunity invest in transforming the way we care for people, rather than continuing to rely on paper records and replacing outdated technology system by system.
The encompass Programme is a HSC-wide initiative to introduce digital integrated care pathways. This means everyone involved in care will have secure, consistent access to the right information, at the right time, in the right place to better inform safer care. And it means that staff won’t have to enter the same information on different systems, or use paper records and forms – thereby making better use of their time.
Held in Craigavon, Derry/Londonderry and Newtownabbey, the regional events focused on the development of a series of patient-centred scenarios that will support the evaluation and selection of the encompass solution.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to hear about the programme’s vision, current status and how they can stay involved.
Encompass Programme Director, Gary Loughran, said he was delighted with the excellent turnout from staff and patient representatives.
“The enthusiasm was palpable and the valuable contribution made by all those attended will inform the final system specification,” he said.