TPP is due to switch on Summary Care Record (SCR) viewer functionality at two SystmOne organisations on Wednesday 7th December. The functionality will allow SystmOne users to view the SCR of any consenting patient who visits them (providing the primary GP has initially uploaded the SCR to SPINE).

TPP will be the first systems supplier to offer this integrated SCR viewer to GP sites. A third site due to go-live the same week  is an out-of-hours centre in Kirklees, enabling SystmOne urgent care sites to match the functionality already available in other out of hours systems.

This functionality comes at a crucial time for GPs as the Christmas period approaches. The GPs will be able to view the SCR of any patient who visits them as a temporary resident, regardless of which system the patient’s usual GP uses. This view of the patient’s recent medication, allergies and sensitivities will allow the GP to make a more informed choice for treatment and provide reassurance to patients seeking care in an emergency.

 These go-lives will mark the start of a 45 day verification process by Connecting for Health (CfH). After this, TPP will begin the process of offering the functionality to all SystmOne sites.

TPP’s clinical director Dr John Parry, a GP at Holycroft Surgery, who will be switching on SCR viewer on Wednesday 7th December said “We’re so used to seeing our patient’s full electronic record that it always comes as a disappointment when you get a patient who’s registered temporarily and has no medical information available. The SCR viewer will not only improve patient safety, it will go that step further in helping to connect us to other clinical systems and securely share vital information.”  

Tony Megaw, Assistant Chief Information Officer at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, described the development as a major step change in interoperability of healthcare systems and delivery of shared health records. “It means that out-of-hours, community and palliative care services in Yorkshire and the Humber using SystmOne will soon have access to key patient medical information, regardless of GP system, helping to improve the quality of care.” The initiative is aligned with the NHS Operating Framework 2012/13 which requires SCRs to be created for patients who have been written to by March 2013. Summary Care Records have already been created for a third of patients in Yorkshire and the Humber (1.7 million) and this figure is scheduled to double by April 2012. Nationally, 10 million SCRs have been created.