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DHSS Community Care Support System (CCSS) IT Programme 15 March 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security today gave a presentation (shown to Tynwald members on Monday 12th March) to the Media outlining proposals for the Community Care Support System IT Programme. A motion seeking the funds required for the CCSS will be debated in Tynwald in the coming week.

Eddie Teare MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security explained,

“The Community Care Support System (CCSS) is an IT and business change process required primarily because the existing, but aging, key information systems in Noble’s Hospital will not be supported by the original provider after December this year.”

Mr Teare continued,

“Whilst current systems, vital to the running of the hospital, have provided an excellent service over the last 20 years, they are now out dated and no longer meet the necessary standards and do not allow information to be appropriately shared. It is essential that when Manx patients receive treatment, in the UK for instance, systems in the Isle of Man are compatible with UK equivalents so that key health and social care information can be exchanged and the best possible care is received.”

The CCSS will create a virtual patient record that links a range of systems of existing patient records, already held electronically, and enables sharing of information. This will offer greater efficiencies and prevent repeating activities. When fully operational, it will embrace Hospital, Primary Care and Social Services activities.

The Department is aware of comments made in the UK media about the information technology intentions of the English NHS Programme for IT (NPfIT). However, the CCSS is different in terms of scale, complexity and outcome. It is much smaller, less complex and aided by the investment that the Isle of Man Government has already made in information infrastructure. In addition, the CCSS has the full backing of staff, clinicians, the Data Protection Supervisor and various medical committees as well as primary care contractors such as GPs.

Mr Teare finished by saying,

“The CCSS will ensure that the Department can meet modern health and social care standards with a safe and secure system as well as enabling other benefits to be obtained, such as electronic ordering of pathology reports, the electronic transmission of prescriptions, and aids to clinical decision making, to name but a few.”

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