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RPS in Scotland responds to Health & Sport Committee eHealth inquiry

The RPS in Scotland has published its thoughts on the Scottish Government’s approach to eHealth.

In the response to a call for views by the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, we have made the following key comments for consideration by the Committee:

  • To enable more effective continuity of care, improve the patient journey and minimise duplication of resources, all registered health professionals directly involved in patient care should have appropriate read and write access to a patient’s health record.
  • Pharmacists’ access to the patient health record would improve patient care by enabling pharmacists to play an even greater role in the provision of safe and effective unscheduled care outside of core service hours

Alex MacKinnon, Director for Scotland, said: “Our response highlights that in order to achieve a modern health service that fully meets the needs of patients, the public, health professionals and the NHS, pharmacists must be able to work with other colleagues across health and social care to provide innovative models of digital, person-centred care. This means sharing of information with  supporting infrastructure and appropriate access to the patient’s electronic record.”

You can read the full text of the call for views on Technology and Innovation in the NHS by the Health and Sport Committee on the Scottish Parliament website.

The RPS also responded to this call for views as part of the Primary Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary group of professional organisations representing over 60 000 front line clinicians. The group has come together to speak with one voice, providing the Health and Sport Committee key messages to underpin a technology-enabled health and social care service. These include:

  • The public, patients, carers and health professionals are directly involved in the development, design and the decision making involved in new technology-enabled health and social care services and in the setting up of information governance and processes underpinning these services.
  • The primary care workforce uses up-to-date digital technology that enables people to receive flexible, efficient and effective care, wherever it is provided.
  • Health records and technology-enabled care are underpinned by robust information governance, keeping all personal data safe and confidential.
  • All registered health and social care professionals directly involved in patient care have appropriate read and write access to health records in order to improve the patient journey and minimise the duplication of resources.

You can also read the full text of our response as part of the Collaborative, titled “Principles for a technology-enabled health and social care service”.

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