More than 100 health and social care professionals have signed up to the Dorset Care Record (DCR), marking a milestone for the project which aims to create a comprehensive and up to date record for every resident having treatment in the county.
Representatives from all the Dorset Care Record partnership members have completed the mandatory training around consent and security required to access the system, set up in conjunction with tech specialists Orion Health.
Information that can be shared through the system among health and care professionals includes up to date contact details and care needs, lists of diagnosed conditions, medications, allergies, tests results and referrals, clinic letter and discharge information.
The 100th health and social care professional to complete the training is Jonathan Williams, Dorset County Council’s Continuing Health Care Advisor.
Mr Williams’s role is to improve how health and social care work together to achieve appropriate outcomes for people across the county. Mr Williams, who works closely with the NHS and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), in and around Dorset, said: “The DCR will help ensure people get the right support at the right time. It will reduce a lot of duplication of effort and will make sure accurate information is seen by the right practitioners when important decisions about care planning are being considered.”
Peter Gill, DCR Senior Responsible Officer, welcomed the milestone, saying people having treatment in Dorset DCR could look forward to better coordinated care. The DCR represented real investment in the future health of Dorset’s residents, he said.
“This innovative approach to enable closer working between professionals across health and social care is a key digital element of our wider Sustainability and Transformation Plan to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities across the county.”
The DCR will be rolled out over the next couple of years and will include a people portal, enabling residents to check and add to their individual record.