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Major Improvements to the Shared Care Record Planned for September

01 September 2015

In September 2015 three major improvements are being made to the Shared Care Record which will enable better care for more patients and will allow more transparent information to be available to patients about the Shared Record.

The first improvement will see 21,276 more patients with a Shared Care Record, as seven new practices join the programme in the second wave of involvement. The addition of these practices to the programme means that 82% of people living in the Wellington, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley districts and 78% of people living in the Manawatu, Horowhenua region will now have a Shared Care Record.

The second improvement will enable paramedics from Wellington Free Ambulance to access the Wellington and Hutt Valley record for urgent community care. This will allow Wellington Free Ambulance to improve the quality of complex care they provide to patients in the community by having relevant health information available to support clinical decisions.

The third improvement will allow information about the Shared Care Record to reach more people who need to know about how their health information is shared. The website will allow the team to articulate clear and transparent information about the record to the public across the different regions. The website includes the basic information about the project including: What information is shared, who is the information shared with and how you can opt out of sharing health information. The website will also allow media items, audit results and governance decisions to be added to the news section and shared easily using the new Shared Care Record (SCR) domain names.

All of these improvements will be implemented over the month of September 2015.

The practices joining the programme are; Linden Surgery and Plimmerton Medical Centre in Porirua, Raumati Road Surgery and Grace Surgery in Kapiti, Main Street Surgery and Fitzherbert Road Medical Centre in the Hutt Valley and Victoria Medical in Palmerston North.

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