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Both Wirral Council and Lancashire County Council have implemented a Liquidlogic interface with hospital systems which supports real-time exchange of hospital admission and discharge notifications. The interface uses NHS Digital’s Message Exchange for Social Care and Health (MESH), which utilises the new ‘Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources’ (FHIR) message standards.

Speaking about the MESH go live, Rebecca Doyle, Integrated Health & Care Project Manager at Wirral Council comments:

“Health and social care integration is a key priority for us at Wirral Council, so we embraced the opportunity to bid as one of the MESH Demonstrators with NHS Digital. Liquidlogic has understood our plans for implementation from the outset and dedicated resource to ensure that we went live on time. I am pleased to confirm that we are now able to securely exchange hospital admission and discharge notifications from local health partners into our Liquidlogic case management system, which will support our ambitions to reduce bed blocking and promote efficiencies between health and social care teams.”

Commenting on the implementation of Digital Discharges at Lancashire County Council, Tony Pounder, Director of Adult Services says:

“The ability for social workers to view hospital Assessment, Discharge and Withdrawal notices in our Liquidlogic case management system aligns with our strategy to link social care with health and reduce delayed transfers of care from hospital into the community. In addition to the time-saving benefits that we are seeing at Lancashire, we are proud to have been recognised by Health Tech Digital with an award for Best Communication Solution. The award is recognition for the work that technical and operational colleagues working for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Lancashire County Council have successfully completed over the last year. Part of the success of the project has depended on the robust partnership arrangements involving a number of third-party suppliers of systems, not least Liquidlogic, to properly coordinate the ideas and actions of so many people.”

The MESH ADW project is significant to Liquidlogic, as it enables hospitals and social services to exchange messages using common FHIR standards to identify patients who may need social care when they leave hospital. The interface will speed the discharge process, deliver efficiencies and ensure a clear audit trail.

 

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