Rotherham leads the way with new software integration to improve regional healthcare

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has emerged as a regional trailblazer by successfully integrating GP Connect with existing technology systems which allows authorised health and social care workers in a variety of settings to access their patients’ GP records.

Staff celebrating the launch of GP Connect

Spearheaded by the Trust’s pharmacy technician team and MEDITECH UK as a means to overcome the persistent challenge of maintaining accurate patient medication records manually, GP Connect integrates with the Trust's Electronic Patient Record system to revolutionise the landscape by offering healthcare professionals a streamlined experience with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response to incorporate the latest patient data from GP records. 

James Rawlinson, Director of Health Informatics, has emphasised the system's significance in improving patient safety: “GP Connect plays a crucial role in clinical processes such as medicines reconciliation, enabling our clinical teams in near real-time to pull in accurate medication list”. 

The real-time benefits of using GP Connect extend to all parts of the organisation. The system enables an always up-to-date medication list, reducing the risk of misinterpretation of GP records allowing for quicker treatment and shorter queue lines.

This achievement has not gone unnoticed on the national stage. Regular engagements with other MEDITECH sites reveal that GP Connect is a hot topic among healthcare professionals, particularly within the pharmacy sector.

Mike Hooton, Interoperability & Integration Executive at MEDITECH said: ““We are thrilled to witness the successful integration of GP Connect at Rotherham Hospital. This achievement reflects not only the cutting-edge capabilities of MEDITECH’s technology but also the dedication and expertise of the healthcare professionals at Rotherham. We are excited to watch the positive impact of GP Connect on patient care in the region.”