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Digital innovation in health sector scoops national award

Newsdate: 2 December 2016inetwork awards

The innovative use of digital technology to improve health and social care services in Wigan Borough has scooped a national award.

Wigan’s ‘Share to Care’ digital programme won an iNetwork Excellence award which recognises innovation in the public sector.

Share to Care is a new way organisations in Wigan are securely sharing patient information.

It makes it easier and quicker for health and social care professionals to get the information they need to provide care to patients.

The programme securely connects different medical and care computer systems together.

This means that when patients give their consent, professionals can see accurate and up-to-date information which helps them deliver appropriate care and prevents patients having to re-tell their story every time they see a different professional.

Share to Care was named as the best example of ‘ Excellence in Information Sharing and Security’ by iNetwork which celebrates and shares innovation in the public sector.

A number of organisations in Wigan have been involved in the successful creation and delivery of ‘Share to Care’ including Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, Wigan Council, all 63 local GP practices from across Ashton, Leigh & Wigan, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and 5 Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust.

David Willis, Head of Information Governance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that ‘Share to Care’ has been nationally recognised. It is a first class initiative which through digital technology has brought organisations together for the benefit of the patient.”

Dr Tim Dalton, Local GP and Chair of Wigan’s Health and Wellbeing Board said: “It is testament to the success of ‘Share to Care’ that it runs across all NHS organisations within Wigan Borough and has buy-in from every single GP practice within the borough. We have also been able to involve smaller organisations such as Wigan and Leigh Hospice, care homes and wider care providers who are now members and our future plans are ambitious.”

Councillor Terry Halliwell, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for customer transformation, said: “At Wigan, we pride ourselves on our digital innovation and our ability to work together for the benefit of our residents and this award highlights our success in this approach.”