Taking the complexity out of information sharing remains the number one challenge facing the public sector.
The drive to break down barriers and put the citizen at the centre of a choice-based model of public services remains at the heart of the government's modernisation agenda.
The pace of change is accelerating towards an integrated, joined up model that will fundamentally alter the public service landscape in the coming years. At the core of this policy is the development of a citizen-centric approach that focuses on enabling choice and assessing needs that can then be met through a more diverse service model.
To ensure users (whether care workers, housing officers, environmental inspectors, managers and administrators) have a single view of the most important information they need, our solution architects have created component based architecture that delivers proven solutions for information sharing and multi-agency working.
Sharing data to enable multi-agency working
Whether in community or acute health, social care or mental health, Hytec's Integral Xchange™ product suite is a generic integration framework that uses open systems standards for linking and sharing information across clinical and administrative applications. In line with government and NHS standards, Hytec seek to revolutionise the way clinical and social care case data is accessed, shared, updated and transmitted in a format that is easy to understand and use and gives the case worker or clinician an accurate and up to date, complete view of the entire data set relating to a citizen or patient.
This in turn eases the decision-making process and improves case outcomes by closing the gaps in information availability that has so often prevented clinicians and case workers from obtaining the data they need to carry out their duties efficiently and effectively.
Our methodology is to preserve the integrity of the individual systems whilst securely bringing together the information to form integrated records on a person.
In addition to this, central government, the Department of Health and individual organisations themselves have begun to realise the benefits of following a 'connect-all' rather than a 'replace all' philosophy as the most cost-effective and flexible method for enabling multi-agency working in the care sector.
There is an increasing need for public sector organisations and private care providers, to overcome the hurdles of secure access to information.
Below are two examples of how Hytec's Integral Xchange integration platform facilitates secure information sharing among key parties in adults and children's care scenarios:
Sharing data in the care sector
The social care and health sectors are at the forefront of multi-agency working and information sharing. Driven by key initiatives such as Single Assessment for Older People (SAP), Common Assessment Framework (CAF), the Electronic Social Care Record (ESCR), the NHS' Connecting For Health programme together with the move to Children's Trusts, the Integrated Children's System and the Information Sharing Agenda, information sharing is now firmly at the centre of IT development in social care.
The following schematic demonstrates how multi-agency systems can be connected to provide a holistic view of a patient or citizen, spanning a full range of systems including social care, mental health, youth offending and GP systems.
Information Sharing at the point of service delivery
Hytec's Integral Xchange™ product portfolio comprises three elements: Integral Xview™, Integral Xhub™ and Integral Xindex™, which can work with any computer system and can interface with applications developed using our Integral mForms® toolset for rapid mobile applications development.
The Integral Xchange architecture is secure to allow for information sharing across N3 and protect the integrity of original data, stable in its design and capabilities, scalable in so far as adapting to the needs of a growing organisation, allowing for modular deployment strategies, and compliant with standards for information governance as mandated by Connecting for Health (CfH) and central government.
This approach has allowed us to shape a strategy for business transformation that provides data sharing at the point of service delivery. Care workers, health visitors, housing inspectors or emergency services professionals may now access consolidated records - complete records that comprise individual data items extracted from different computer systems -via desktop, laptop or tablet PCs, handheld PDAs or smartphone devices.
What are the benefits of implementing Integral Xchange?
- Greater integration between clinical providers, allowing for increased patient care through the collaboration of patient information pathways
- Increased efficiency as time isn't spent unnecessarily looking for data as it's all together in one place
- Unnecessary clinical assessments and testing is reduced as clinicians and case workers are able to make more informed decisions
- Reduced number of errors through the presentation of information in real-time, leading to increased patient safety and improved health care provision.
- Preparing organisations' infrastructures for the future through retaining existing systems whilst optimising processes for interoperability with a fully scalable deployment.
To see how Integral Xchange™ presents information from a variety of clinical and social care applications, please click here to request our demonstration video.
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