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IGspectrum was recently commissioned by London Cancer to provide an inter trust patient referral service. This innovative, easy-to-use, e-Forms service is being used for cancer patient referrals between all 12 of the area’s secondary and tertiary care providers.

Aniruddha Dwarakanath, Head of Information at London Cancer, UCLPartners says: “We have been working closely with IGspectrum and we now have developed a safe, secure and reliable method for patient referrals for all 12 trusts in London Cancer; the service will support us in one of our key objectives of optimising care along a co-ordinated pathway”.

London Cancer’s inter trust patient referral service allows secure online submission of referrals between trusts using any internet-enabled device, with all information held in an encrypted database using the highest security controls. The automated workflow and field validation features assist with the accurate and consistent completion of forms.

With its simple and intuitive interface the user can utilise a powerful search facility to filter forms by the referring or receiving trust, status, time period, NHS number, name, cancer type and priority. One of the key features of the service is that the number of days to 'breach date' are tracked and displayed.

New referrals and acknowledgement of receipt of referrals are notified by email and the role-based access control with full user administration andmanagement allows clinicians to only view patients under their care.

Stephen Rapicano, Director at IGspectrum says, “We look forward to continuing our partnership with London Cancer to further develop this service. Some upcoming enhancements include pathway specific referral forms, a Personal Demographics Service (PDS) lookup feature and the ability to attach encrypted supporting documentation and medical records. This valuable service will play a key role in improving patient care and satisfaction, and assist London Cancer in meeting some of its key objectives”.

IGspectrum is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a fully compliant Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) Certificate for Discharge CDA Document Generation, by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Solutions Assurance on the 30th May 2013.

IGspectrum is now able to offer this data sharing service to Trusts and GP practices. All that GP practices will require is an accreditation for receiving ITK compliant CDA Discharge Summary information. As this addresses an important information sharing need, the potential for wider roll out and adoption across the NHS is significant and is why this represents a landmark achievement for us. Additionally, having achieved ITK compliance for CDA Discharge Summary, we are now very well placed to develop other related ITK Compliant CDA applications.

Seyedeh Jafapour-Alavi, GP Practice Co-Ordinator says, “At Lichfield Grove Surgery we are working towards an objective of a paperless practice within 6 months, this is a major undertaking. The ISCF ITK Discharge project is fully aligned with our strategy and we strongly endorse this pilot. There are many business benefits that we see with the automation of Discharge Summary documents. We are really excited by the introduction of this pilot, we are a forward thinking GP practice and would readily consider similar pilots that align with our strategy.”

IGspectrum has worked with Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust on this project with the main objectives being to automate the collection, transmission and receipt of Hospital Discharge Summary information so that GP practices are able to view electronic Discharge Summary documents no later than the day after discharge.

Subir Mondal, Data Protection Officer at RFL explains, “Royal Free London generates 45,000 pieces of paper each day – this represents a significant Information Governance and Patient Safety risk. The Trust launched a Data Loss Prevention programme 18 months ago and a key component of this strategy was to ensure that Discharge Letters reach the right GP practice at the right time. We are very pleased with the outcome of the ITK project which will enable the Trust to securely to send discharge letters directly into the EMIS Web GP System.”

IGspectrum exhibit at the Healthcare Conference in London at the launch of the Information Governance Review Report by Dame Fiona Caldicott and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Electronic Patient Records on Friday 26th April 2013.
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Royal Free London’s e-Forms and workflow solution for Admission and Discharge (Section 2 & 5) forms makes life easier for staff.
Abi Tobun, Discharge Process Operation’s Manager at Royal Free says: ‘We have approximately 260 ward staff who use IGspectrum’s Admissions and Discharge e-Forms web service. Our main objectives were to cut down on paperwork, ease the work involved in completing the section 2 & 5 forms by automating the population of patient demographic details and ensure that patient transfer to Social Care organisations is handled speedily and consistently. Since the service has been implemented we have achieved these objectives, increased efficiency and speed of processes by 90%, reduced the amount of paperwork by 75% and increased information accuracy by 92%. Further integration with Social Care systems is planned in the near future.’

IGspectrum recently exhibited at HC2013 in Birmingham and at Healthcare Conferences ‘Delivering a Paperless NHS’ in London, where Dame Fiona Caldicott launched the Caldicott 2 Information Governance Review report and recommendations. We are pleased to confirm that our pseudonymisation service fully supports the IG Review’s recommendations for protecting patient confidentiality.