PCTI and ReStart announce their partnership to help Trusts integrate EDT Hubs across the NHS
PCTI and ReStart Consulting announce their partnership to provide professional technical services to NHS Trusts to help them integrate their electronic document feeds into EDT Hub. There are currently 54 NHS Trusts and health boards using EDT Hub to transfer electronic documents into GP practices.
ReStart has a wealth of experience in data integration and data management across the NHS and has already delivered EDT Hub technical integration projects.
PCTI Managing Director, Ric Thompson said: “Once EDT Hub has been installed the next phase of the project is to ‘feed’ the hub from hospital systems. PCTI have teamed up with ReStart Consulting to offer integration services specifically for EDT Hub projects to make it easier and more cost effective for health communities to connect-all and maximise the Hub.”
The EDT Hub captures documents from Secondary care systems and distributes them to any GP practice. More recently, EDT Hub has extended this functionality to allow for two way document transfer between organisations, for example GP practices sending electronic documents to hospitals. Documents currently used in the transfer through EDT include: discharge summaries; discharge letters; encounter reports; radiology reports; outpatient clinic letters and out-of-hours reports.
By sending documents electronically, Hospital Trusts can not only meet delivery targets like the 24 hour discharge summary, but they are now empowered to make significant savings by removing printing and postage costs.
EDT is able to collect from multiple message streams enabling practices to receive from multiple document sources in the same Trust or from neighbouring Trusts. No matter how many streams a practice collects from, all documents are delivered directly to Docman workflow or a free to use GP desktop collection client.
At NHS Tayside, Integration Solutions Provider, ReStart Consulting has written interfaces that push/pull documents into the Ensemble integration platform from various systems like A&E, Vascular, NHS24, TOPAS and KOFAX. Both A&E and TOPAS (PAS system) are discharging messages to both the Tayside Clinical Document Store (CDS) and the EDT Hub. NHS24 messages will also transfer into the EDT Hub, making them available to GPs.
Mike Symers, CEO of ReStart Consulting commented: “Restart has developed the interface to EDT Hub in a number of Trusts in England. Since PCTI has won the National contract for EDT Hub in Scotland it is natural for us to pool our resources and assist the Scottish NHS Boards to get this product up and running. This relationship will mean reductions in interface costs for the National Ensemble Forum members.”