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Wirral Council & Lancashire County Council

Both Wirral Council and Lancashire County Council have implemented a Liquidlogic interface with hospital systems which supports the 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 resources 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. 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 now live in four councils with an additional twelve in implementation and 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 accelerates the discharge process, delivers efficiencies, and ensures a clear audit trail.

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