Accurate and accessible patient records will improve the speed, quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery across Northern Ireland, Health Minister said today. He was speaking at the launch of Northern Ireland’s first Electronic Care Record (ECR) system.
Speaking about ECR, Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “The NIECR gives our doctors and nurses a window into all the important health and care information that they need to provide the best care for a patient. They will be able to look at information currently held in a multitude of different systems across the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care sector, to see details of past or ongoing diagnoses and investigations or treatments. This will enable better, safer, faster care and treatment for everyone whose care team uses the system.
“More timely access by healthcare professionals to more complete information will benefit all patients, reduce duplication and wasted time, and improve safety – for example, doctors can check your x-rays and test results on the computer as soon as they are available so your treatment can start sooner.”
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