Great North Care Record future hosting arrangements confirmed

The Great North Care Record (GNCR) is currently supported by Connected Health Cities through a contract with Newcastle University until the end of December 2018. As that contract comes to an end, and the GNCR takes shape, the executive team is seeking to secure its longer-term future.

The current arrangement with Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria was for a three year term which comes to an end in December 2018.

It has been decided that moving the management and governance of the GNCR to the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) from January 2019 is the best way to take the programme forward.

This brings clarity to the future of the programme and means that the vision for the shared care record and analytical platform of GNCR can be brought to life.

Dr Joe McDonald, Director of Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria explains: “We have made a great deal of progress with the implementation of the Great North Care Record in the last two years. We have worked in partnership with local trusts, clinical commissioning groups and the North of England Commissioning Support Service. We have made great progress too: 96 per cent of GP practices in our region now support the shared care record. This means that out of hours, acute hospitals and ambulance services can now access detailed information about patients including diagnoses, medications and patient history. The record was accessed over 16,000 times in October 2017, which is 16,000 instances of patients getting faster, safer care.

“We want to continue with this work and allow other types of organisations such as social care to access this information. We also want to make the region one of the best places to do research by creating a consent-rich dataset by allowing patients to opt in to clinical research – supporting our life sciences industry.”

Seamus O Neill, Chief Executive at the AHSN concludes: “We are delighted to formalise the leadership and governance of the Great North Care Record through the AHSN. The AHSN led on writing the original bid and our Board has the coverage and level of representation to make this happen. The programme is transforming the way healthcare data is shared across the region and it will ultimately (with the support of the citizens across the region) to be a significant economic asset. By using data in a smarter way, we can bring real benefits to patients living in the North East and North Cumbria.”

Published 29 November 2017