New NHS Scotland 'knowledge bank' launched

The new network will help NHS staff share knowledge

An online database that will allow NHS staff to share information has been unveiled by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

The Knowledge Network will include a “Google-style” search engine with access to a huge bank of educational resources as well as personal space for employees to gather information.

The network will be managed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

It aims to save staff time and bring online resources together in one place.

The Scottish government said the resource did not include access to patients’ records but was designed to support the information needs of the health and social care workforce.

The network website includes community spaces in areas as diverse as psychiatry, bereavement, community care, ethics and general practice.

The Knowledge Network builds on the NHS Scotland e-Library, which was developed in 2003.

“A skilled, motivated and committed workforce, with access to the right knowledge, tools and materials is a key component to delivering the highest quality healthcare for the people of Scotland”

Nicola Sturgeon Health Secretary

NES programme director for knowledge services Dr Ann Wales said: “The new service provides even more comprehensive and user-friendly knowledge support for direct patient care, clinical practice, learning, workforce development and research.

“It now also reaches out to administrative, clerical and support staff as well as to partners in the social care and voluntary sectors.”

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BCS Health Scotland Conference 2010

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22nd and 23rd September 2010

Glasgow Science Centre

Giving you advance notice that our conference this year will be the biggest and brightest yet! We are staging this event at the prestigious Glasgow Science Centre where you not only have great views over the Clyde and City but complementary entrance to the fun science exhibits. The futuristic building mirrors BCS Health Scotland’s innovative and forward looking approach..

We have three themes this year which are quality, innovation, and efficiency.

Keynote speakers include:

Matthew Swindells, former CIO Connecting for Health, and chair BCS Health

Rikard Lovstrom from Sweden to talk about their National Patient Overview project and eHealth strategy

Dorothy Whittick from Canada talking about the Canadian Health Infoway national developments and a Wellness project in Alberta

Brian Robson from Scotland on the Quality theme and his experiences from the USA.

PRESENTATIONS INVITED – Do you have something interesting to present in one of our themes ?

To get in touch please use the contact form

Exhibitions confirmed include:

AtosOrigin Alliance Emis
INPS Intersystems
Microtech Support Orion Health
Voice Technologies and many more in the pipeline

Exhibitors are staging a social networking evening after the first day events so look out for a fun time as well as stimulating and thought provoking discussions.

If you would like to Exhibit please contact Neil Campbell using the contact form

NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!

An exciting new departure will be the ‘NHS Scotland eHealth Awards!’.  These awards are given to winning NHS teams for three categories sponsored by BCS and Scottish Government, look out for an announcement in the next few weeks.

Doctors refused to see patients after computer KO


By Donna MacAllister

Published: 09/02/2010

Hundreds of people in Moray were unable to see their GPs after a computer system crashed, blocking access to medical records.

Patients were turned away from the Maryhill Practice at Elgin Health Centre after doctors decided it would be too dangerous to treat them without being able to check their medical history.

The centre stayed open for emergencies, but practice manager Eileen Rae said it was the first time in her 21 years in the role that patients could not be treated.

“It is very disappointing to say the least,” she said.

Mrs Rae said the situation came to a head when computers crashed last Tuesday.

Around 200 patients were affected and it had been distressing for medical centre staff who were forced to tell them they could not be seen by a doctor on that day.

Read more  about this computer outage

InterSystems TrakCare selected as the new national patient information system for Scotland

-Nurses and doctors set to benefit from easier and quicker access to patients’ records-

Eton, UK – 03 February 2010 – InterSystems has announced that it has signed a framework contract with NHS National Service Scotland to supply its InterSystems TrakCare™ connected health information system as the new national patient management system for Scotland.

The contract is a national framework in line with Scotland’s eHealth Strategy that will enable any Health Board access to the system and associated modules over the next four years.

The new system will help to speed and improve the effectiveness of patient care in Scotland by ensuring patient information will only need to be entered once to make it immediately accessible by authorised staff in other care settings. The TrakCare patient management system includes hospital and mental health patient administration, order communications, results reporting and clinical support tools. A number of optional modules are available for: accident and emergency; hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration; pharmacy management; maternity; neonatal; and theatres.

Initially the five purchasing Consortium NHS Boards involved (Ayrshire & Arran, Borders, Grampian, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Lanarkshire) will take advantage of this national framework agreement. Together with NHS Lothian, an existing TrakCare customer, these five Boards provide care for 70% of the Scottish population.  The total value of the initial contract will be in excess of £44M.  Additional Health Boards are already in discussion about how this framework can benefit them.

Commenting on this development, Scottish Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon said, “This contract will enable Health Boards across Scotland to implement a single, nationally available patient management system that will play a major role in improving patient services. Clinicians and patients will both be winners from a system which will track patient journeys from referral to discharge. It means clinicians will have easier and quicker access to medical records and patients will benefit from having more time with healthcare professionals.”

Alan Lawrie, Programme Board Chairman said, “We believe that this solution will play an important role in streamlining patient services leading to faster diagnosis and treatment while enhancing patient safety. Not only will this give us a modern technical base but it has been chosen by the staff who will be using it.”

The contract award follows a rigorous 20-month Competitive Dialogue procurement process. In total, more than 160 front-line healthcare staff, including doctors, nurses and other health professionals, took part in the evaluation of the solutions being proposed.

This contract for InterSystems TrakCare follows other recent successes including: the States of Jersey and the States of Guernsey (Channel Islands); the Santiago Military Hospital (Chile) and the new Sharjah Teaching Hospital (United Arab Emirates).  Together, these underline the global recognition of TrakCare as a proven, internationally adaptable and versatile connected healthcare information system, suitable for a wide range of care delivery models in acute, community, mental health and polyclinic settings.

TrakCare puts the patient at the very centre of the system, which means a record only needs to be created once, upon first admission. All subsequent treatments, admissions and visits can then be added to the initial record. Furthermore, by creating one structure for a common, shared record, information is simultaneously available wherever it is needed, and accessible from within each TrakCare module.

Kerry Stratton, Healthcare Managing Director of InterSystems said; “The decision to use Health Board staff from many departments in the selection process has given us a clear understanding of NHS Scotland’s immediate requirements and long-term vision. We are now ready to focus on delivering TrakCare for the benefit of patients and staff across Scotland.”

Orion Health™ appointed for pilot ECR Project in Northern Ireland

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Orion Health LtdOrion Health Ltd, a leading provider of integration technology for the health care industry worldwide, has been appointed by Northern Ireland to pilot a new Electronic Care Record (ECR). The one year pilot phase will see hospitals and GP practices across two of the five Health and Social Care Trusts begin to share medical records and basic social care information using the Concerto™ Portal from Orion Health. Concerto Portal is a web-based clinical portal that provides a unified view of patient data sourced from many disparate information systems and databases across a healthcare organization.Concerto Portal provides Clinicians with a unified view of patient information that enables them to make informed clinical decisions, saves time and reduces cost by eliminating the repeating of unnecessary tests and reducing errors resulting in improved patient care and safety. The pilot project will allow clinicians in Northern Ireland’s acute and primary care services to access a summary of information collected during previous hospital and GP visits.

Read the full article about pilot ECR Project in Northern Ireland

Virtual surgery places health in patients’ hands

Moray residents can chat with fellow sufferers and read clinicians’ blogs

By Donna MacAllister

Published: 12/11/2009

Moray’s first “virtual” surgery, designed to make people experts in their own healthcare, was launched yesterday. enables patients to “visit the clinic”, chat to other Moray residents with similar medical problems, pinpoint local health information, read clinicians’ blogs on specialist subjects and link to recommended health sites.

Site founder Professor Grant Cumming, a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, said it was time everyone took responsibility for their own health.

He added: “Some analysts are predicting almost every school-leaver would have to join the medical profession by 2020 to maintain current levels of health.

“I think we can use digital technology to improve the whole aspect of information.”

Dr Cumming assured website users about security, promising no patient records would be posted online and visitors could remain anonymous if they wanted.

He said existing e-health websites, such as, received millions of hits a month, and this new approach had been shown to improve health both mentally and physically.

Study: texting boosts compliance among teens


Adolescent nonadherence has presented a major challenge to healthcare professionals in transplantation and other medical fields, who for years have tried to address the issue with little success. But researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York recently published the results of a study showing that text messaging could make a big difference in the rate of adherence among young liver transplant patients.

Using a program called CareSpeak, the researchers issued text messages to a group of 41 pediatric liver transplant patients, according to a New York Times report. The text messages prompted the patients to take their medications, which ranged from one to three different pills once or twice a day.

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Study: texting boosts compliance among teens

Clinical Portal Programme Established

A Clinical Portal Programme is being established to provide strategic direction and leadership to the development and delivery of portal capabilities across NHS Scotland. The programme will work closely with key stakeholders and will encourage consortia of Health Boards to take the lead in the delivery of essential components.

A Clinical Portal Programme Board, made up of influential leaders from across NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, will direct the Programme. The Board will be initially Chaired by Derek Feeley, Director of Healthcare Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Government.

Julie Falconer, has been appointed Programme Manager. Julie is currently Programme Manager for CHI, and will also continue in this role. Cathy Kelly, currently an eHealth Clinical Lead, has been appointed as Senior Clinician on the Board and Gerald McLafferty will be Enterprise Architect. Further details of the Board’s membership will be announced in due course.

A clinical portal is an electronic window that will allow clinicians to see information about a patient in a ‘virtual’ electronic record derived from various databases. Easier access to this information will help to improve care and patients can be reassured that staff have the necessary information to manage their care safely.

SCIMP 2009 Conference

Scottish Clinical Information in Practice,
SCIMP 2009 Conference at Dunblane Hydro 3 & 4 November 2009

Applying eHealth

making IT a success in primary care

This year’s conference will focus on the ways we can make technology actually deliver improvement in the services we provide all the way from the bedside to the boardroom.

Invited speakers will share, from varied perspectives and domains, their experience of the factors that can lead to success and the ways to avoid and manage the risks and pitfalls. A series of workshops will provide opportunities to hear about real services, standards, guidance and innovations of relevance to primary care and to discuss and question the issues these present with the people responsible for them.

Clinical Information Systems’ User Groups and suppliers will be able to provide demonstrations and workshops, giving delegates the opportunity to compare and contrast as well as perhaps picking up some hints and tips.

Our content is aimed at those in the front line of making information technology work in primary care – General
Practitioners, Practice Managers, Practice and Community Nurses and Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and NHS
administrators, educators, managers and strategists.

We have two competitions this year: The “SCIMP Poster Prize” and the “SCIMP Best Use of IT in Primary Care Award”. Both competitions are open to entrants from across Scotland. Posters will be displayed over the two days of the conference and the winner decided by votes from delegates.

The prestigious IT prize will be judged by a panel of experts and the winner afforded the opportunity to present on the winning submission at the conference.

Details on how to enter can be obtained from Submit Poster or Submit Best use of IT Award

We will provide opportunities for informal networking throughout the two days of the conference including a breakout
networking space; a pre dinner drinks reception and our lively annual Conference Dinner and Ceilidh.

Our conference is the most inclusive and comprehensive Clinical Informatics event in Scotland in 2009. Our success comes from the contributions and enthusiasm of our delegates, so we look forward to seeing you in Dunblane in November.

Information Links

SCIMP 2009 Conference Final Programme HERE

SCIMP 2009 Conference Delegate Booking

SCIMP 2009 Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Booking

Scottish Clinical Information Management in Practice Website