IT system to improve communication between GPs and secondary care

An IT system that aims to improve communication between hospitals and GPs has been launched in Scotland.

The Patient Management System (PMS) can be used for in-patient and out-patient bookings, managing waiting lists, ordering tests and reporting test results.

The Scottish government expects that all health boards in Scotland will use the PMS, and suggests this will make it easier for information to be shared securely when a patient is treated by more than one health board. 

It also suggests the PMS will enable staff to keep track of patient records much more easily and allow for information to be communicated back to GPs.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said this is a ‘major step towards a paper-free NHS'.

She said: ‘This new system will be much more efficient, faster and more secure than outdated paper-based systems. It also frees up money to be spent on front-line services and is better for the environment.

‘Benefits for patients and staff include improved security, faster test results, staff being able to share information more quickly, and having staff freed up to carry out other tasks.'



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