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Why joining up information is important

This animation was developed in partnership with charities, patients and clinicians by ‘Understanding Patient Data’ to explain how a joined up record can support fast effective care.

Animation provided with thanks to Understanding Patient Data under a cc-by licence, for re-use. 

What are the benefits of a joined-up record?

Being able to see your health and social care records at any time, in different places, means health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care and the care of groups of residents like you.

As a user of local health and care services there are lots of advantages to having joined-up records:

  • Everyone involved in your care has the whole picture
  • When you visit somewhere different for care or meet a new care professional, they have access to important health and care information
  • The results of common tests (for example blood tests) are available to everyone involved in your care, regardless of where the test took place, reducing the need to repeat them
  • Professionals responsible for your care can look at your health and care records to plan and improve your care
  • Professionals from different organisations can look at anonymised health and care records and ensure that you, and others like you, are getting the best care from the whole team

For health and social care professionals:

  • A complete, up-to-date record of an individual’s health and social care information helps them to make more informed decisions
  • They can spend less time finding out relevant information from different health and social care organisations and IT systems, and don’t have to  record duplicate information
  • They can use information to plan and improve care for residents
  • They can work as a team to identify opportunities for improvement, using anonyomised information, with residents’ personal details removed