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  April 2017
The Portal gets an upgrade
WCP v3.8 is now live in several health boards  
The latest version of the digital workspace for clinicians - the Welsh Clinical Portal - is now live in the majority of health boards.

New features of WCP v.3.8 include a personalised "watch" list, similar to those used on shopping websites, that allows clinicians to keep an eye on activity and mark patients they would like to keep track of more closely.

This version also gives the option for hospital doctors and nurses to enter clinical notes saved in the document repository known as the Welsh Care Records Service - part of a national approach to an integrated online health record that eliminates the need for paper notes.

In addition, v3.8 gives automatic access to a list of medicines from a patient's GP Record so they do not have to be typed in. Importing the pre-populated list of medicines reduces errors from transcribing manually.

The next version scheduled for release later this year will have enhanced functionality for admissions, transfer and discharge.
Refreshing the system 
GP Practices upgrade to Office 2016

Microsoft Office 2007, used in most GP practices in Wales, reaches the end of its support lifecycle this autumn.

So we're upgrading all systems in GP practices across Wales to Microsoft Office 2016. The roll out will be scheduled per GP cluster across Wales.

Our Primary Care Services team will advise each practice in advance, on when their upgrade is scheduled to take place.

The install will happen automatically and with minimal disruption. Nonetheless, training documentation and videos are available on our Primary Care Service Desk website. 
The change coincides with a national five-year "GP Computer Refresh" programme that commences this month. It introduces an upgrade from Microsoft Windows 7 to Windows 10. Prioritisation will be based on the age and warranty status of current hardware. 
Positive Results 
Little ones get big help with WRRS
The Welsh Results Reports Service (WRRS) is now live in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board after introduced initially in Cwm Taf and Cardiff & Vale. The service which allows clinicans to view diagnostic reports and requests for their patients through the Welsh Clinical Portal, regardless of where they are produced, has already shown many positive results.

"This (the WRRS) has already made a difference to my clinical job," says Paediatric Intensivist Allan Wardhaugh at Cardiff's Noah's Ark Children's Hospital. Allan's role involves caring for critically unwell children and since the WRRS went live in Cardiff, he is able to see his patients' pathology test results from other parts of Wales.  
"Around fifty percent of the patients I look after are transferred from other hospitals in Wales," he says. "I am now able to use a computer on PCCU (the Paediatric Critical Care Unit) and in a couple of mouse clicks I can access the lab results I need to know about. It makes life much easier. Previously this would have involved several phone calls, and may have been deferred until later in the day."
"The more information that's available and visible, the better informed our clinical decisions will be," Allan adds.

The WRRS is scheduled to go live in all Welsh health boards in the next few months. Read more about how the WRRS is making a difference  on our NHS Wales Informatics Service website.  

Ewch i'n gwefan am fersiwn iaith Gymraeg o'r cylchlythyr hwn.
Introducing WIDI   
Recently, t he University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the NHS Wales Informatics Service joined forces to create the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI).

The creation of WIDI establishes the strategic partnership between both organisations. This partnership has already led to the development of a number of initiatives linked to health data management and facilitate our work toward delivering the national information and technology needed for modern patient care.
WIDI will also be exhibiting at UK e-Health Week, one of the largest and most influencial e-health events of the year, in London's Olympia Exhibition Centre early in May

The WIDI exhibit will include details of the new degree programmes.

To attend, visit the UK e-Health Week website at:

Informatics in Numbers

Twenty four hundred     
During peak hours (weekdays between 9am and 4pm), 2400 patient records are viewed across Wales via the Welsh Clinical Portal, more than double from this time last year.

Learn more about the WCP on  the NHS Wales Informatics Service website

Sweet beat
Cwm Taf Cardiac Reports available in WCP
Cardiac reports such as electrocardiogram are now available for clinicians to view in the Welsh Clinical Portal in Cwm Taf University Health Board.

The cardiac reports join other test results such as blood tests, which are now viewable in the Welsh Clinical Portal in Cwm Taf and Cardiff and Vale.

Later this year cardiac reports will be rolled out to Aneurin Bevan and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Boards.

Gwybodeg Yn Gymraeg

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