Three regions selected as Local Health and Care Record Exemplars

Health and Care Chief Information Officer Will Smart (pictured above) says the Local Health and Care Record Exemplar programme will raise the bar ‘for how the NHS can improve care through technology’.


[London, UK] NHS England has selected three regions to take part in a new exemplar programme in a bid to improve the availability and flow of health and care data across the country.  

The Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE) scheme will see the Greater Manchester, Wessex and One London areas - made up of one or more Sustainability Transformation Partnerships - receive up to £7.5m during the next two years.

Each exemplar will have to work on a larger scale than their existing projects to drive data sharing efforts within the system, supporting understanding of local demand, reducing duplication and improving patient safety.

Ten regions submitted bids for the LHCRE programme, covering 4% of England. NHS England will now work with the other sites to see which ones could join the initial group later on this year.

“Through Local Health and Care Record Exemplars we are raising the bar for how the NHS can improve care through technology.

“By sharing information across a larger population, we can ensure that as people move across the different parts of the NHS and social care they don’t have to repeat themselves and provide the same information time and again,” said Health and Care Chief Information Officer Will Smart.

The new exemplars will pave the way for the new Digital Innovation Hubs, first mentioned in Sir John Bell's Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, which will provide access to health and care data to the wider industry to drive advances in research. 

“Patients rightly expect that, wherever they’re being treated in the NHS, doctors and nurses will have access to all the vital information they need.

“Building on successful projects across England, this new programme will make that a reality for millions of patients – with the potential to improve care and save lives," said Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy. 

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Theresa May urged the NHS and the wider tech industry to start making use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform diagnosis of diseases.

Dr Simon Eccles, Health and Care Chief Clinical Information Officer, said:

“The public already assume their GP Practice and hospital can see their records, now in the NHS’s 70th year through Local Health and Care Records we will start to make this possible.”

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