A new way of sharing health information will be introduced in Canterbury later
Called the Shared Care Record View or eSCRV for short, the system takes
certain patient information and makes it available to authorised doctors, nurses
and pharmacists providing care for the same patient, instead of having to record
it separately each time.
Spokesperson for the project team, Dr Nigel Millar, Canterbury District
Health Board chief medical officer, says the eSCRV system will provide benefits
for both patients and health professionals.
“When Christchurch people are unwell, an up-to-date summary of their health
history will be available to the clinical staff caring for them,” Dr Millar
The care provided to patients will be based on accurate, up-to-date
information fed into the system from a range of health professionals.
“This means faster diagnosis, treatment and care will be possible leading to
better outcomes,” he says.“While much of this health information is
routinely collected at the moment, the eSCRV provides a secure system for
sharing key patient information between health professionals.”
Dr Millar says it will be invaluable in an emergency situation.
“If a patient turns up in the hospital emergency department, the doctor
treating that patient will be able to log in to the eSCRV to see a range of
information immediately including: a summary of medical conditions and date of
last GP visit; medical diagnoses; details of medications recently dispensed at a
community pharmacy and information about home care visits including care
coordination information, who the provider is and the allocation of care,” he
The eSCRV system is being introduced in two phases. The first phase starts on
October 12, with a small number of pharmacies, Nurse Maude and Canterbury
District Health Board sharing information. The system will be fully functional
by the end of December when information from Canterbury GPs will also be
available for authorised clinicians to view.
“The project was initiated after the February 22 earthquake. A need was
identified to develop a robust system to enable secure access to a patient’s
essential health information. eSCRV will make that information available to the
key providers of an individual’s healthcare.”Dr Millar says only authorised
health professionals in Christchurch can access the information, which will be
kept safe and confidential.
“There are a number of protections built in to manage the privacy of
information.” If patients do not want their health information shared in
this way they can “opt off” the system by calling freephone 0508 837 872 or
telling the GP, pharmacist, hospital doctor or district nurse treating them.
They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
“This systems provides real benefits for patients and I’m delighted that the
health professionals working throughout the Canterbury Health System have shown
their ‘can do’ attitude to get this system off the ground,” Dr Millar says.
A small project team including people from Pegasus Health (representing the
majority of Christchurch GPs) community pharmacy, the Nurse Maude Association
and CDHB have worked together on this project to improve patient care across the
The technology behind the eSCRV system has been developed to meet the needs
of clinicians in Canterbury by Orion Healthcare Limited. There are numerous
security features in the system so people can be assured their health
information is private and confidential and will only be viewed by authorised
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