orQestra® boosts patient data accuracy and lets staff compare records between its hospitals and GPs
4th September 2013 – Quicksilva, an independent supplier of healthcare IT systems, is giving Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (PSHFT) access to the NHS Personal Demographic Service (PDS). Using Quicksilva’s orQestra® ITK Spine Mini Service system, staff can now compare records on the Trust’s patient administration system (PAS), iSOFT/CSC CliniCom, with the corresponding demographic record on the Spine, to ensure records are accurate and constantly updated.
The service will support PSHFT’s work to digitise and integrate its patient records in line with the Government’s strategy to make the NHS a more digital service by 2018 by ensuring wherever possible we have a verified NHS Number recorded for patients.
In the near future, the orQestra® system will allow the Trust to compare records on a split screen, in real-time. This means that when a patient comes into hospital, staff can compare the hospital’s records with those on the NHS Spine and confirm which record is correct. They can then update the hospital’s data or send the correct information to the GP. This will stop letters being sent to the wrong address/GP and enable PSHFT to meet the new contractual obligations for the use of the NHS number.
Gayna Hart, managing director of Quicksilva, said: “The Government wants the NHS to ‘go digital by 2018’, and this is a great step towards Peterborough and Stamford meeting that call. Accurate patient records are absolutely essential to give patients the safe and efficient service they need. The use of orQestra® will lead to a more streamlined, cost efficient service with up-to-date records, better patient care and less penalties for the Trust, making it a pioneer for a digital, joined-up NHS.”
The orQestra® system was the first end-to-end service to be accredited under the NHS Connecting for Health’s Interoperability ToolKit (ITK) Accreditation Configuration, ‘ITK Spine Mini Service’ deployed throughout the NHS to connect Trusts and healthcare providers to ensure patient data is available via the PDS.