Leading healthcare technology supplier TPP has updated its core product, SystmOne, to enable implementation of the PRSB’s About Me standard.
About Me captures information that is important to a person and that they might want to share with health and social care professionals. This could include how best to communicate with that person, how to help them feel at ease, or how they prefer to take their medication.
In order to facilitate its use with health and care professionals, TPP have updated SystmOne so that free text captured within an About Me record is now searchable, can be transferred to shared care records, and can be restructured to printable documents held by the patient. This represents a critical step forward in delivering interoperability between health and care, a key government aim.
The update means that more than 265,000 NHS users across health and social settings will benefit from the opportunity to capture details of what matters to them, allowing for more personalised care.
Dr John Parry, clinical director at TPP, said: “The release of codes to support About Me implementation represents a significant step forward in our drive to promote patient-held records as a means for people to record their preferences, allowing details to be recorded via SystmOne and shared between care providers.
“The About Me standard allows information to be stored consistently in systems, and that consistency allows for reuse within and between systems. It encourages the patient voice to be heard and acted upon. This is essential for safety, improved patient experiences and better outcomes.”
In addition, PRSB has launched the #CareAboutMe campaign – a year-long drive to raise awareness of the About Me standard across health and social care, encouraging providers and suppliers to implement the standard and the general public to create their own profiles.
PRSB CEO Lorraine Foley said: “Encouraging use of the About Me standard in systems and learning more about how and where our standards are enabling better care are important goals in our #CareAboutMe campaign. TPP’s decision to release codes for the standard just as we get our campaign underway is fantastic, and we encourage other suppliers and health and care providers to work with us to build momentum for widespread use of the standard and the improvements in care that will deliver.”