To deliver our ambitions for better quality, more joined up care, our healthcare professionals need first class IT and information management systems.

Making it easier for partner organisations to securely share information could deliver huge benefits for patients, local people and the health ands care system:

  • Clinicians can make the best decisions more quickly, with access to up-to- date patient information whenever and wherever it is needed.
  • Shared care plans can be created for patients and then followed across multiple health and care settings.
  • People can review their own health information and care plans and don’t need to give the same information multiple times.
  • Individuals can use their health information to better manage their own health and take advantage of the health opportunities of mobile apps and wearable technology.
  • Combining the information held by different partners would enable the health and care system to better predict demand and target resources where they are needed most.

Work is underway to develop STP-wide information sharing arrangements through the digital workstream. Current agreements and protocols are very fragmented across the STP. Consistent data sets and information sharing protocols are needed to enable the new models of integrated care that are being developed.

An audit of the existing arrangements is being carried out to identify solutions that can build on current best practice, strengthen integration with local authority information, and comply with new information governance legislation.