Decision details

Health and Social Care Integration - Advancing Information Systems Interoperability

Decision Maker: Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


a report on progress and plans particular in relation to Acute and Social Care system configurations


Tony Pounder, Director Adult Services, Lancashire County Council and Declan Hadley, Digital Lead, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria informed the Board about the progress on the Advancing Information Systems Interoperability.


NHS organisations and local authority social care organisations within the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System need to share information with one another about individuals they treat or support so they can be effective and efficient in delivering joined up care and ensuring timely transfer of responsibilities between agencies.  Given the number of different information systems in operation across these organisations the Integrated Care System had been committed through its Digital Strategy to ensuring these systems could talk to one another by devising solutions that advance interoperability. 


The report and presentation to the Board sets out the recent success Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals have had in establishing the information governance, technical and operational arrangements to allow for the smooth and timely flow of information about those people waiting for discharge from hospital.  It will further outline the provisional Grant Award recently communicated by NHS England to Lancashire County Council as part of the Social Care Digital Pathfinders programme to plan for these arrangements to be widened out to all hospitals and local authorities within the Integrated Care System.


Resolved:  That the Health and Wellbeing Board:


i)  Noted and commended the progress on advancing information systems interoperability between Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in relation to hospital discharge


ii)  Noted and welcomed the provisional award of a Grant from NHS England from its Social Care Digital Pathfinder fund to enable planning for advancing system interoperability between all councils and NHS hospital trusts within the Integrated   Care System in relation to hospital discharge.


Report author: Tony Pounder

Date of decision: 23/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2019 - Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board

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