PharmOutcomes use of NHS Digital Services

Personal Demographics Service

PharmOutcomes has gained NHS Digital approval to connect to the NHS Personal Demographics Service (PDS).

The PDS is the national electronic database of NHS patient details and holds information such as name, address, gender, date of birth and NHS number. It does not hold clinical data.

When a Clinical Service Provider, such as a pharmacist, sees a patient, they can enter basic patient details on PharmOutcomes. The system will do an automatic search of the PDS based on that information and retrieve the remaining data needed. Typically this means the search returns the NHS number and other demographic information not used as part of the search.

Every access to the PDS is logged and it is only possible to search on the basis of information already known by the Clinical Service Provider.

Adding the ability to search for matched records in the PDS make it quicker and easier for Clinical Service Providers to enter patient information into PharmOutcomes It also reduces the risk of data entry errors.

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Summary Care Record 1-Click

PharmOutcomes has gained NHS Digital approval to connect to the NHS Summary Care Record 1-Click Service.

Summary Care Records (SCRs) are electronic patient records held centrally by the NHS. They are created from GP medical records and can be seen and used by authorised staff in other areas of the health and care system involved in the direct care of a patient.

This enables clinical staff to care for people properly and in-line with their wishes when they need care away from the GP surgery.

Summary care records generally hold:
  • patient name, address, date of birth and NHS number
  • GP practice details
  • current medication information
  • allergies and details of any previous bad reactions to medicines
  • additional information patients have asked to be included

Clinical Service Providers, such as pharmacists, can view a Summary Care Record by using a patient’s NHS number to access the record on their computer. The Clinical Service Provider needs an NHS smartcard with appropriate access permissions and every access is logged and recorded. SCR 1-Click provides read-only access directly from PharmOutcomes, bypassing the NHS Spine Portal.

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Clinical Correspondence (Client Application)

PharmOutcomes has gained NHS Digital approval to act as a ITK2 Client Application for Clinical Correspondence.

ITK is the NHS Interoperability Toolkit and specifies how messages from one organisation sending to another organisation are to be structured and populated; ITK2 is shorthand for the toolkit definitions that relate to HL7v3-based Clinical Document Architecture.

This enables clinical staff to share clinical information between care settings safely and securely.

Uses for our Client certification include:
  • Hospital discharge information
  • Transfer of care information
  • Uncoded information for use in uncommon settings

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