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Health Information Exchange and HealtheIntent

Healthcare records are joining up across north central London to improve the services you receive.

Camden and Islington NHS foundation Trust is part of initiatives to join up the electronic health and care records of all adults and children in north central London - these are called Health Information Exchange and HealtheIntent.

We all use a wide range of health and care services in our lives, whether it’s a visit to our Trust, a hospital appointment or receiving a visit from a social worker.

When this happens, each organisation keeps a record of the care we receive; in the past, these records were on paper, but now this is usually an electronic record held separately by each organisation. By joining up those records, health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care.

More information about the joined up record, how it works, why joining up health and care information is important and what this means for patients can be found at: http://www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/joined-up-care-record.

You can also download a patient information leaflet, which explains what information will be available in the record, who will have access to the information, how your data will be kept safe and what to do if you don’t want to be part of it. Alternatively, you can obtain a copy of the patient information leaflet from us or your GP.

This joined up record is part of a wider drive by the NHS and social care services to use technology as a way of improving care and making better use of staff time and money.

What are the benefits of joined-up records?

For people using health and care services, there are many advantages to having joined-up records including:
•    Everyone involved in your direct care will have the whole picture
•    When you visit somewhere different for care or meet a new care professional, they will have access to your health and care information and you won’t need to repeat your story
•    The results of common tests (for example blood tests) will be available to everyone involved in your care, regardless of where the test took place, reducing the need to repeat them or obtain printed results

For us and other health and social care professionals:
•    We will have up-to-date information to plan and improve your care and make more informed decisions
•    We will have to spend less time finding out relevant information from different health and social care organisations and IT systems, and won’t have to spend time recording duplicate information across records 
•    We can work as a team across north central London to identify opportunities for improvement, such as seeing if there needs to be more focus on providing physical health checks for people with learning disabilities

More information on the benefits and what is means for you is available on the North London Partner's website.

Who else is involved?

Other health and care organisations in the North Central London’s sustainability and transformation partnership (NCL STP) such as GP practices and other hospitals/providers across the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Enfield. 

Do I have a choice?

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and in the public interest all health and care organisations are legally required to share and process data. This is to ensure health and care professionals have access to vital information to make quicker, safer decisions about your care. The national data opt-out does not apply to the disclosure of confidential patient information where there is an overriding public interest in the disclosure. Therefore, the national data opt-out will not apply to data sharing for the purposes of responding to Covid-19.

For  more information on how to opt out, please click here: www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/ourplan/Areas-of-work/Digital/Info-residents/opt-out-form.htm

Where can I find out more?

Read more about this here: www.northlondonpartners.org.uk/joined-up-care-record
Information also available in a range of languages and formats here

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