MIG licence extended in North East

The Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) licences for the North East will continue beyond 31st March 2020.

The replacement for the MIG, the regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) went live earlier this month on 9th March.  We have full confidence that the HIE works and the technology is available however the majority of users are still accessing data via the MIG.

The MIG is tried and tested technology and allows hospitals, mental health, out of hours, ambulance and 111-services to access GP records, which will be essential while managing the Covid-19 outbreak.

Due to the pressures on the NHS caused by the Covid-19 outbreak the decision has been made to extend the contract beyond 31st March 2020 to ensure continuity of record access during this time. The HIE will continue to be accessible alongside the MIG.

We would encourage clinicians to continue using the HIE where it is available as more data will be added from Newcastle Hospitals, South Tyneside and Sunderland Hospitals and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in the coming weeks.

Newcastle Hospitals is adding more data from early April including laboratory results, appointments and radiology, with more set to follow shortly.

This additional cost is being funded by NHS X and we fully welcome their support at this time.

Dr Mark Westwood, GP and primary care lead for the Great North Care Record said: “We know the HIE works but given that clinical and IT departments are now fully focused on Covid-19 emergency planning and operations, we need to provide continuity of service. We know the MIG works and is accessed over 150K times across the region with success.

“GP data will be available on both systems and we will continue to support organisations in migrating to the HIE as well as supporting Trusts in exposing additional data to it. But in these difficult times, we must be 100 per cent certain that frontline staff have access to the right information, and that now is not the right time to transfer everyone over to a new system.”

In North Cumbria, the MIG contracts are still due to run into 2021 so business will continue as usual here.

If you have any questions about this, please contact gncr@ahsn-nenc.org.uk

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