My Care Record will provide better co-ordinated and seamless care

Content originally from Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group

My Care Record enables health and care professionals to access information about you to improve your care.

Providing you with:

· Better co-ordinated and seamless care
· Quicker diagnosis
· More time to spend on clinical care
· Less paperwork and less repetition
· Fewer unnecessary tests
· More accurate prescriptions
· Better health and care planning

Your GP, hospital, community health, mental health and social care teams may all hold records about your care separately. Often, only health and care professionals within the same organisation can see this information. This means it can be difficult for them to work together to deliver the best care.

My Care Record is an approach to improving care by joining up health and care information. Wherever possible, health and care professionals will be able to access your records from other services when it is needed for your care. This will make it easier and faster for them to make the best decisions. For example, a doctor treating you in hospital or a nurse working in the community could view the information they need from your GP record.

Several different secure computer systems are used across the region. These allow health and care professionals to digitally access your records held by other services. In some areas systems are already in place, in other areas more work is underway to invest in the technology needed.

The approach also provides an agreement between all the health and care organisations involved. This means they commit to sharing information in a secure way to help improve your care. The My Care Record approach is in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which provides the legal basis to share information between health and care services when it is needed to deliver care. All your information will be held securely.

Certain information – that doesn’t identify you – will also be used to help improve services and plan for the future. For example, it will help us plan for the number of doctors, nurses and care workers needed to look after you in the future.

More information, including answers to frequently asked questions and a list of the organisations that are taking part can be found at www.mycarerecord.org.uk.