PRSB newsletter - February 2019

Latest: Developing a core record
More than 200 patients and health and care professionals have given their views on what should be included as core information in a person’s health and care record, through a series of webinars that took place this month.

We are currently working with NHS England to determine the core information that needs to be made available in a person’s digital health and care record. The aim of the local health and care records programme is to help local organisations move from today’s position, where each health and care organisation holds separate records for the individuals they care for, to one where an individual’s records are connected up from across the health and care system.

Patients, carers and professionals have given their opinions on what and how information should be recorded at various points of care, from birth, through life events, maternity, and end of life. They’ve also helped us begin to determine what social care and mental health information should be made available on a core record.

Next week we will be holding a workshop in central London, which will be attended by 65 professionals, patients and carers who represent different parts of the health and care system. Following the workshop we will be issuing a survey to gain further views across the health and care sector.

If you’d like to listen to the webinars, please check out our website here.

This month

A mother's view: Care could be safer with online records
Plans are afoot to get maternity records online, supported by our new maternity standard. Mother of two, Catriona Davenport, tells us about her experience after her son was born and explains how online records could have made a real difference.
Have your say: Pathology survey to launch in March
We are looking for your views to help us to standardise pathology coding so that accurate and comparable information about test results is accessible for those who need it. More than 250 pathology labs will be involved in this programme.
Event: Join us at Digital Health Rewired
You'll find PRSB exhibiting at the first ever Rewired Conference and Exhibition on 26 March at stand A31. We’ll be holding a panel session on adopting standards, where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from the people who are putting standards into action. Spaces are limited.
Register here now
Projects What's new?
We’ve recently completed surveys on two of our latest projects to improve information sharing during ambulance handovers and medication information transfers between hospitals and community services.
The first project on ambulance handover will be completed in Spring. It builds on previous work we’ve done and will ensure that patient information can be transferred digitally following care by ambulance services, for the best and safest continued care.
Meanwhile, we are also assuring technical guidance that will help medications information flow digitally between hospitals and community based services.  The new technical guidance will define how to communicate medication dose and timing digitally between all systems in care settings, without any change or loss of accuracy or meaning.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) seek new members for informatics group
RCPCH is establishing a virtual group that brings together informatics leads from across the royal medical colleges. This is designed to strengthen advocacy and influence each of the nation’s health strategies on data related matters.

The group will work to offer support and share information that can empower health professionals to deliver local health informatics strategies that reflect the needs of patients. 

Please get in touch with Melissa Ashe, Policy Lead at RCPCH for more information or to submit the name of your informatics lead to join the group. Call 0207 092 6095 or email

Event: Join us at the Digital Healthcare Show
26-27 June 2019, ExCeL London
We're pleased to announce that we'll be attending the Digital Healthcare Show and ehi Live in June, to exhibit and raise awareness about the important role of digital records in improving care.

Held from 26-27June at ExCeL London, we’ll be hosting a stand and taking part in a number of speaking sessions. Dr Simon Eccles, CCIO for NHS England will be among the keynote speakers.

Topics will include:
  • Data analytics and population health
  • Integration and interoperability
  • Digital innovation and emerging technologies
  • Infrastructure and cyber security
To find out more or book your place, please go to the website here.

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