- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
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PRAISE FOR PIONEERING ELECTRONIC HEALTH & CARE SYSTEM
MIKE HEDGES AM WELCOMES INNOVATION IN THE HEALTH AND CARE SECTOR
Welsh Labour’s Social Services Minister Rebecca Evans has praised Powys’ health and social care services for becoming the first area in Wales to jointly implement a new IT system that helps health and social care professionals work together to provide care closer to people’s homes.
Mike said… I join in with the minister in congratulating Powys Council for its innovative work in this field. Use of modern technology is going to be a huge part of future Social Services. I look forward to other social services depts. adopting similar practices.
The Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS) gives community nurses, mental health teams, social workers and therapists the digital tools they need to work better together, whilst providing the highest possible levels of care. It allows access to relevant information on the care provided to a range of health and social care professionals, to show where a patient is with their treatment.
When fully implemented across Wales, WCCIS will help break down barriers caused by different organisations using different IT systems, by securely storing important information covering a range of activities such as community nursing, health and social care visits, mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse, complex care needs and social care therapy.
The Welsh Labour Government provided £6.7 million in capital funding for the initial set up costs for the WCCIS and has made a further £4 million available to support its implementation via the Integrated Care Fund.