The NHS England Personalised health and care 2020 plan- a framework for action looks at using data and technology to transform outcomes for patients and citizens. A key part of this is the Digital Roadmap, and Commissioners have until April 2016 to set out clear plans as to how they will go paper-free at the point of care.

CCG Digital Roadmaps are set to become a fundamental part of the commissioning and regulatory infrastructure, and NHS England has advised that digital roadmaps will be a core part of CCG assurance and CQC inspections from next year.

Within this, locally-tailored care pathways play a pivotal role and CCG’s will have to find a solution to support this.  Commissioners will be asked to document their digital capabilities and plans against a predefined set of pathways in the 2016 roadmap.

Map Referrals from Map of Medicine is the perfect vehicle for CCGs to help achieve these targets in areas such as:

  • End of life care
  • Mental health care
  • Long term conditions

Many CCG’s have looked at bringing this process in-house and try to develop a tool of similar functionality, but this can prove to be time consuming, a stretch on already pressurised resource and most importantly costly at a time when budgets are being squeezed.

Map Referrals can help to support CCG service design and drive improvements across a health economy by:

  • enabling efficiencies from outpatient and inpatient activity within 9-12 months of pathway implementation
  • supporting point of care decision in line with national best practice and locally agreed protocols
  • providing a paperless referral management solution through patient record integration via EMIS Web, TPP SystmOne and INPS Vision
  • improving transparency and communication about service provision, bringing together commissioners and providers
  • reducing unwarranted variation and standardising care delivery, and reducing inappropriate secondary care referrals
  • improving the efficiency of operational resources and processes required for pathway development

From November, all CCGs and providers will complete a self-assessment to benchmark their use of digital technology and paper-free records. The data will form a ‘digital maturity index’ that will document how far the NHS has come towards a fully interoperable way of working.

For information or support on developing care pathways and paperless referral management, please contact Map of Medicine.

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