An integration connects two different platforms so they can share data and work together. An electronic patient record (EPR) integration therefore connects an EPR platform with other digital systems to enable the proper flow of clinical data between the two systems.
Unlike EPRs, which records the care provided by one institution or practice, electronic health records (EHRs) focus on the total health of the patient, from cradle to grave, and are designed to share information between healthcare professionals – so an EHR integration would allow access to information from all the clinicians involved in the patient’s care. It means that when a patient attends an outpatient clinic, the clinician can view all their medical history and medications, regardless of which prior service provided the care – as well as all communications between services. EHRs underpin NHS England’s target of becoming paper-free by meeting a level of core digitalisation by 2024.
For pharmacists, the technology used in delivering pharmaceutical care is the Patient Medication Record (PMR) system, which is now widely used to manage patient care.