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Health leaders have saluted a groundbreaking approach to joining up health and social care services to improve patient care and make services more efficient.
The Cheshire Care Record (CCR) outshone scores of entries to be shortlisted for the HSJ 2016 Awards announced on Thursday (24 November) at the InterContinental O2 in London.
The CCR made the finals of the “Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and Information” category, recognising its status as the nation’s only electronic shared record holding person-centred information from GP practices, hospitals, community, social, mental health and cancer care providers.
The record enables more than 80 health and social care organisations to work from the same patient information, giving staff immediate access to summary of the many records that are held on different and disparate systems.
The CCR also spares individuals the frustration of having to repeat their story to different providers of health and social care services.
The CCR emerged out of work that was kick started in West Cheshire before being rolled out across Cheshire under the umbrella of the Cheshire Pioneer Programme, led by the county’s health and social care partners, and is a key enabler of joining up care and integrating services.