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    The Greater Manchester Care Record joins up health and care information

    GM Care Record

    The Greater Manchester Care Record is helping improve local health and care services and save lives.
    The vital digital resource for the city region’s 2.8m citizens pulls together an individual’s information from across all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs into one joined up record, so that it can be accessed by frontline health and care workers wherever someone receives care. It covers several important areas of health and care including primary care: GP practices, community services, mental health services, social care; and secondary care: hospitals, specialist services such as the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and The Christie.
    It makes it possible for GPs, doctors, nurses, care workers and other medical staff to be able to make critical decisions about an individual’s care and treatment in the safest and most effective way without people having to repeat their story, so that they can receive tailored, individualised care and treatment anywhere in Greater Manchester.
    In September 2021 there were over 12,200 frontline users of the GM Care record, as health and care workers accessed the joined up information they needed to provide the right treatment for an individual, at the right time, in the right way.  Up to 5,700 people per day were benefiting from a health care professional accessing the GM Care Record.
    Nearly 100% of the care records in Greater Manchester are now being shared, across the regions’ health and care services.
    A huge effort has been made to put the right systems and processes in place to ensure data processing is safe, legal and ethical.  Using de-personalised patient data for research is vital in helping to understand how to improve GM health and care services, both in response to the pandemic and in the future.
    Anyone who would like to choose to opt out of their de-personalised health and care information from being used for research and planning can find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/
    Dr Ashwin Ramachandra co-chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Access to your health information is essential to support front-line care and treatment. The more we know about your health needs, the more effective the care and treatment we can provide wherever you receive your care.
    “The GM Care Record is the joined-up health and care information that’s helping to save lives across our region. Because the future of healthcare is more connected, more data-driven and more evidence-based.
    “It is also helping us to understand the answers to some of the most pressing health questions affecting our region.”
    To find out more about how healthcare information is being protected visit: gmwearebettertogether.co.uk