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NHS Fife has become the latest in a long line of Scottish health boards to sign up to take the Intersystems TrakCare patient information system.
The organisation hopes the move will help towards establishing a single electronic patient record (EPR) for patients.
The TrakCare system is widely used in Scotland, where it currently covers around 70% of the population, with figures soon to rise to 92%.
For NHS Fife the system means clinicians across the health board can securely access and update patient information. Having all that information in a single record will also support clinical decision-making.
According to NHS Fife general manager for eHealth, William Edwards, the system will help to improve the quality of care at the health board.
“TrakCare is being adopted by NHS Fife as part of our programme to converge with other NHS boards, and we will be able to benefit from the experience of other boards as we progress towards the delivery of electronic patient records,” he said.
“In time it will also allow us to adopt common processes and work to standards agreed across Scotland.”
The roll-out of TrakCare is part of NHS Scotland’s eHealth strategy, which aims to enable any health board with access to the system and associated modules.
NHS Fife hopes that by collaborating with other partners it will benefit from the “collective experience” of using the system to improve the quality of healthcare on a local and national level.
While TrakCare has gained significant traction in Scotland, it’s also beginning to take hold in the English EPR market. In 2015 North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust became the first English trust to go live with the system.