Southern Trust reaches its one millionth milestone

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1 millionth 9603The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is celebrating reaching its one millionth record using the PARIS electronic record. PARIS is used by staff working in the community, such as District Nurses, Social Workers and other professions like Specialist Nurses or Mental Health Practitioners. First introduced to the Trust in April 2013, PARIS has helped to improve the recording and sharing of patient information. Assistant Director of Informatics, Siobhan Hanna explained, “As a health and social care provider, our staff, have thousands of contacts every day and the accurate recording and sharing of this information is essential in ensuring that patients and clients receive the best possible care. “Before we introduced this electronic record, staff spent a lot of their time ringing colleagues involved in their patient caseloads, to ensure that they were fully informed of care and treatment plans.
  “We introduced PARIS to offer a much fuller profile of each patient in a way that can be confidentially shared between our services and assist staff in making more informed care decisions. PARIS also helps bridge the gap of knowledge between our community based services and our hospital teams. “When our patients need hospital care, it is now possible to share critical information with acute teams such as the Emergency Department to help inform of the patient’s long term condition and treatment.”
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Jan End 2017PARIS includes referral details, multidisciplinary and specialist assessments, professional case notes, care plans along with appointment details, waiting lists and any other correspondence. It is currently being used across a number of community services including Older People and Primary Care, Children and Young People’s Services, Mental Health and Disability and Acute Respiratory and Social Work. To date in the Southern Trust there are: 1,869 registered users of PARIS; 47,536 registered clients on PARIS; 158,816 referrals recorded; 182,297 assessments recorded; and 1,000,000 case notes recorded.
  Mark Toal, who has been the Project Leader since the start of implementation says, “We are delighted with the uptake of PARIS and our clinical staff are really embracing its benefits. For example, many respiratory patients with chronic lung or chest disease are reviewed at hospital clinics, cared for by community nurses and sometimes also require hospital admission. “Having one patient centred electronic record rather than various ‘site’ based records gives staff a much more comprehensive profile of each person and a better quality of information, enabling them to make more informed decisions about their care,” he added.
  The millionth record was created by Lisa Allen, a District Nurse with the Integrated Care Team for Older People. Lisa said, “After overcoming the initial learning curve of introducing a new system and with the commitment of staff to adjust to a new way of working, PARIS is now an integral part of our service. “It gives us easier access to information, allowing us to share important information with other professionals and supports us in delivering the most safe and effective care for our patients.”

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