An urgent care plan platform which gives patients more control over their treatment and makes sure their wishes are respected has been publicly launched.
Coordinate My Care, which is powered by InterSystems’ HealthShare platform, is an NHS service, hosted by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, that records important information about patients who have long-term conditions or are approaching the end of their lives and shares it with the doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and others who look after them.
Until recently, the plan had to be started by a hospital doctor or GP, but this week Coordinate My Care has publicly launched myCMC so that patients can start their own plans to take more control of their care and how they wish to be treated in an emergency.
David Hancock, healthcare executive advisor at InterSystems said: “HealthShare was created to bring together the information that matters to patients and providers, and Coordinate My Care is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when that happens.
“The public launch of myCMC will take the service to the next level, giving patients even more autonomy, choice and control at some of the most difficult times in their lives. We are delighted to see the public launch of myCMC and look forward to supporting it in the future.”
Care plans initiated by a patient must first be authorised by their GP before it can be shared with health and care professionals.
These plans are accessible through a web browser, using desk or mobile devices and patients can view and amend their own plans at any time.
A reminder system also encourages GPs and other professionals to review the plans periodically to make sure they still reflect a patient’s wishes.
Professor Julia Riley, clinical lead at Coordinate My Care, added: “By working with patients and clinicians, Coordinate My Care have been able to develop and deliver a digitally enabled service that helps to provide the best possible care at what is often the worst possible time.
“This is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan’s ambition to deliver more integrated, person-centred care to all those who need it”.