Patient centred records

As modern medical care gets more sophisticated the demands on its communication systems have grown. For those older patients with multiple medical conditions, medications and appointments gets more complex along with an ever expanding number of healthcare professionals looking after them.   It as a sobering thought that despite a common goal (the patient) and our  ‘professional'  target (best care), data protection laws prohibit any meaningful connectivity between the patient’s healthcare professionals or their medical centres. In reality each run totally independently of the other, occasionally exchanging information in the form of a prescription, discharge summary, or clinic letter.

The inevitable consequence of this lack of data sharing can lead to bureaucratic chaos and poor quality care- since each organisation is obliged to provide its own healthcare record for every patient and in many cases whether this is paper-based, or electronic it is too complicated to get one system to interact or ‘speak’ to another.  Within each hospital and its many departments there may be growing piles of letters, results and enquiries that can sit un-answered and un-filed creating delays, complaints and in many cases this can be a contributer to 'poor care' because, as the saying goes "we can no longer see the wood for the trees". aims to help by creating a patient owned record where information can be stored and easily found by anyone that the patient gives permission to; its founding principles are based on the process of informed consent. Membership is ‘opt in’ meaning that patients can either choose to use it or not. The risk of ‘data loss’  can be pitched against 'healthcare gain' and explained using a familiar risk versus benefits analysis which for most patients makes it an easy ‘sell’ .  

For patients joining QRx, which is free of charge for the patient and does not even require internet access, provides a really simple, ‘one size fits all’ solution since patient's simply carry a QRx card that can be shown to any healthcare professional who requires knowledge of their list of medication.

But what are the advantages for the ‘healthcare professional’?

  1. CCPatient works with any existing EPR - its very like using an email.
  2. CCPatient can be used by any organisation of any size because its truly scaleable. 
  3. You can progress your patient’s care in a click, or even a one line microblog which saves you time.
  4. Search, find and action any result in a few clicks or on your mobile device
  5. Temporarily access or store vital results and letters from the patient's record on your mobile phone or tablet
  6. Message or refer to a colleague about a patient from within the record by adding comments or a task
  7. Message your patient using HealthMail without risk of showing your personal return address
  8. Write and receive shorter patient letters containing hyperlinks to other resources including medication list.
QRx is currently under evaluation in Guildford. If you would like to hear about how the project progresses or be notified once it is available for other medical practices to use please Register (for new letters) or contact us.

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