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Patient record integration set to speed up mental health care




Patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act (MHA) will soon receive faster access to emergency care thanks to a landmark digital integration.

The integration will enable key data to be automatically uploaded to the electronic patient record (EPR).

Until recently, a paper-based system was used to complete all MHA legal forms required for admission and treatment, leading to care delays and unintentional data errors and omissions.

Now, Thalamos’s secure, centralised digital platform is integrating with The Access Group EPR system, Rio EPR, to speed up access to care for the most vulnerable patients.

Arden Tomison, founder of Thalamos, said:

“It’s an absolute privilege to be working alongside Access Health, Support and Care (HSC) to deliver such a game-changing step for digital transformation throughout acute mental health care.

“We firmly believe that greater integration and interoperability can considerably improve quality of care and optimise outcomes for those sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

“This helps strengthen the impact of digital tools and systems, providing invaluable time-savings, streamlining patient referrals and ultimately helping deliver swifter, safer and simpler routes to care.

“As a team, Thalamos are looking forward to continuing this collaboration and helping improve the experience for patients right across acute mental health care.”

The integration will enable all information entered via the Thalamos platform to be automatically uploaded directly into patient records held within Rio.

Practitioners involved in all stages of care will now be able to instantly access vital patient information, helping streamline and better inform care.

MHA administrators will no longer need to manually upload this data, providing further time-savings and minimising treatment delays.

This will free up clinical time to spend with patients while unintentional data or information errors or omissions will also be reduced.

Access Rio EPR is already in use across two-thirds of the UK’s mental health Trusts.

Steve Sawyer, Managing Director of Access Health, Support & Care, said:

“It’s great to see software suppliers partnering to support clinicians and ultimately benefit the people receiving care.

“The integration between Thalamos and our Access Rio EPR is another great example of how software can support the healthcare industry to streamline processes and provide vital access to information at the point of care delivery.”

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