PRSB kicks off new project to improve data sharing between pharmacies and the health and care sector

A new project looking to improve sharing of information between pharmacies and the health and care sector has now been launched in the UK.

[London, UK] The Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) is leading a new project aiming to improve data sharing between community pharmacies and the health and care sector.

The organisation will work with NHS Digital, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and other stakeholders to develop new standards that would allow data from community pharmacies to be shared with other services across the system.

In its early stages, the project will focus on primary care.

The PSNC says this will include data on immunisations and medication to support clinicians in making the ‘right decisions about care’.

In a blog published at the beginning of the year, Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the PRSB, said the standards body will focus on the integration of health and care services, ensuring professionals have access to the ‘right data at all times’

Stephen Goundrey-Smith, Pharmacist and Project Advisor, said:

“From offering vaccinations to additional support and advice with medications, it is more important than ever that we are sharing the right information with other care providers.

“A standard on pharmacy information flows will mean we are able to share the right information between services in a standardised way, ultimately leading to better quality care for patients.”

As of September 2017, 96% of community pharmacies had access to the Summary Care Record (SCR), which includes information from patients’ GP records that can be accessed by authorised staff involved in their direct care.

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