Following a successful bid for funding from NHS Digital, Wirral Council has implemented an interface with hospital systems to support 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.”
David Grigsby, Managing Director of Liquidlogic says: “This project is particularly important to us as it enables hospitals and social services to exchange messages using common standards to identify patients who may need social care when they leave hospital.
The interface will speed the discharge process, deliver efficiencies and give a clear audit trail. We were delighted that four of the seven Councils selected by NHS Digital as Demonstrators were Liquidlogic customers, and we are equally delighted that ours is the first system to go live.”
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