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
We published a new Digital Strategy in December 2020.
It reflects the changes across the health and care sector as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. Find out more.
Digital Care Programme workstream: Streamlining decisions and being clear about who does what
We have reviewed and updated our governance for the regional digital programmes. Find out more.
GP IT strategy
This draft GP IT digital strategy was produced by the North East GP Informatics Group. It was developed by GP / digital leads from each of our clinical commissioning groups, in partnership with North of England Commissioning Support Unit. The draft document sets out how digital services can transform the work of GP practices, improving efficiency and creating significant benefits for patients and staff.
Great North Care Record
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.
There are three modules to the programme:
- Individuals: interacting with services using Patient Engagement Platform and the NHS App
- Professionals and carers: using Health Information Exchange to support direct care
- Improved data and analytics: population health management and research
You can find out more about the Great North Care Record on their website – or watch this animation which explains the programme.
Health Call is an NHS-owned collaboration of seven NHS Foundation Trusts across the North East and North Cumbria developing digital solutions.
Health Call enables best practice and diverse clinical expertise to be shared across regional health providers. Digital services designed, built and deployed by care professionals are made available to every organisation within the Health Call collaboration, meaning digital care can be rolled out safely, at scale and low cost.
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.
Clinical Digital Resource Collaborative
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.