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Digital care

What we are doing

Our digital strategy is fundamentally about delivery and transformation, and as such, this requires all parts of our health and care system to be fully aligned and in agreement. In order to make this happen, it requires senior leadership from all parts of the health and care system to support the vision, aims and objectives, and make the vision a reality.

We recently published a new digital strategy to reflect the changes across the health and care sector as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our strategic priorities

The strategy brings together five key themes:

  • The essentials: By getting the basics right and working together using shared approaches, we can safely move forward on our digital journey.
  • Improving: An integrated health and care system needs digitally mature organisations and a digitally capable workforce.
  • Connecting: Through continuing to connect the region’s health and care IT systems and through secure sharing of information, we are improving the quality and safety of care.
  • Empowering: By using digital technologies where appropriate, we will empower people to be partners in their own health and care needs.
  • Learning: Through the use of reliable, up-to-date information, data and research we can proactively respond to the needs of our population.

Our regional digital programmes

The Great North Care Record is a regional programme which is looking to improve how medical information is shared to support patient care, self-care and interaction and population health and research.Great North Care Record animation

This regional programme aims to connect radiology services across the North East and North Cumbria. Currently radiology information can be shared on request between trusts, but this project is seeking to make access easier and more streamlined. In the future clinicians will be able to access radiology images held in the different systems across the region.

This programme is digitising physical glass slides used in pathology. High resolution scanners digitise the image so that these, rather than the physical slides can be shared around the region. This will ensures that clinicians have instant access to samples for faster cancer diagnosis and discussions at multi-disciplinary meetings as well as reduce the cost of transporting slides.

Health Call is an NHS-owned collaboration of seven NHS Foundation Trusts across the North East and North Cumbria developing digital solutions, enabling best practice and diverse clinical expertise to be shared across regional health providers.

Health Call animation

CDRC Precision develop digital searches and resources for use on existing clinical IT systems (SystmOne & EMIS). Developed by clinicians in the North East, for clinicians, CDRC Precision resources are free to access and are hazard reviewed by NECS. The team work to create resources that support the demands of the system with current resources including searches to support the identification of patients at risk of atrial fibrillation and familial hypercholesterolemia.

Implementing CDRC Precision tools can support clinicians to proactively manage patients care and improve health and wellbeing. The searches quickly identify patients who are likely to benefit from a change in clinical management by providing accurate, real time data.

Find out more

Provides free professional and personal development accessible to all informatics staff across the North East and North Cumbria, which includes virtual training, face to face training, special interest groups connecting you to your peers, downloadable resources and much more. Access the network.

Digital News

North Cumbria Integrated Care System publishes digital strategy

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust has published its Digital Strategy. You can watch a video where the strategy was launched, or read a summary of the document.

Who is involved

Senior Responsible Officer: Dr Mark Dornan
GP and Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
Chief Digital Officer for North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System: Professor Graham Evans
Chief Information and Technology Officer at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

For more information contact: necsu.digitalcare@nhs.net

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