NHS Evidence begins work to link to practice systems

NHS Evidence, the 'one-stop shop' for clinical evidence launched last week, could be linked to practice IT systems, its developers have revealed.

The site aims to provide a comprehensive evidence base built from clinical guidance and research, which it sifts, organises, and will soon rank by reliability to support decision- making by clinicians.

Linking the site to GP IT systems would allow evidence on conditions and treatments to be linked directly to information in prescribing systems and patient medical records.

Andrew Fenton, chief technology officer at NHS Evidence, said his team had begun work to integrate NHS Evidence with practice IT tools.

Discussions with the GP Systems of Choice scheme had begun, he said. 'It's on our radar to move forward in that way so that evidence can be a part of every system,' he added.

Dr Gillian Leng, chief operating officer, NHS Evidence, said: 'If organisations have prepared their information in bite-sized chunks and they are coded appropriately, we can then feed that through quite readily to a decision-support algorithm to give you an individual recommendation from NICE guidance or somewhere else,' she said.

'We could provide access to that, but it would depend on how it was prepared in the first instance as to whether that would be straightforward.'

Discussions with IT system providers would take place in the next few months, she said.

NHS Evidence is already accessible from mobile devices, she added. Work had begun to fine tune the website's search function and create a search bar that could be incorporated into other programmes, she added.


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