Kent and Medway integrated health and social care record goes live

Deployment joins up acute, community, primary, and emergency care services across the county

NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Kent County Council, and Medway Council have gone live with the Kent and Medway Care Record (KMCR).

Delivered by Cantium Business Solutions, the KMCR provides real-time and secure access to clinical records and data.

And, for health and care professionals, the new care record provides a more-detailed and timely flow of information between services across a range of settings.

The integration of records will support the delivery of co-ordinated care and see information shared across acute hospital trusts, community-based providers, mental health services, GP practices, and ambulance services in the region – as well as Kent County Council and Medway Council’s adult and children’s social care teams.

The data will enable quality clinical and professional decision making and will drive better outcomes for patients and service users, especially in areas such as safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

In the long-term, Kent and Medway’s 1.8 million citizens will be able to access their own patient records through the system, giving them the ability to pro-actively manage and engage with various elements of their own care.

Sharing vital patient information across health and social care organisations has never been more critical for the NHS and care providers, especially as they continue to manage COVID-19

Dr Navin Kumta, clinical chairman of Kent and Medway CCG, said: “This shared record is delivering a significant transformational change in Kent and Medway.

“As well as helping us improve the quality and safety of care for patients, it is underpinning our drive to integrate citizens’ records across health and social care.”

Mark Scott, chief executive at Cantium Business Solutions, added: “Sharing vital patient information across health and social care organisations has never been more critical for the NHS and care providers, especially as they continue to manage COVID-19.

“By working closely with the councils and Kent and Medway’s NHS organisations, we’re supporting the county’s health and social care professionals to work in a more-agile way and delivering the best-possible care for our community.”

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