A number of areas are setting up shared patient record systems, ensuring health professionals have the right information at their fingertips. The Connecting Care partnership covering Bristol, south Gloucestershire and north Somerset links up three acute trusts, two mental health trusts, three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and more than 100 GP practices, the out-of-hours provider, three local authorities and three community healthcare providers. It allows professionals to see, but not change, elements of the data held by the other organisations.
Nathalie Nahai and Simon Barnard. The Guardian: Friday 29th January 2016
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