Recommendation ID

Integrated patient information systems:- What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of different methods for integrating patient information throughout the emergency medical care pathway?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Good clinical decision-making depends on the provision of accurate information at the point of care delivery. Paper-based information systems cannot adequately serve the complex needs of people with frailty or multimorbidity. However, the experience of the NHS National Programme for IT has shown the need for an evolutionary and evidence-based approach to developing electronic systems with the capacity for clinical decision support. Examples of where such an approach could be used include managing cognitive impairment, polypharmacy, caring for people with multidisciplinary or
complex care needs, and recognising a person's preferred place of death in palliative care. In many locations around the country, web-based patient information systems integrated between primary and secondary care are currently being set up. This research recommendation aims to ensure that where information systems are developed they undergo systematic parallel research evaluation. [See the evidence review on integrated patient information systems.]

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation
Date issued
March 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/03/2018