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Nurses urgently need the technology for instant access to patient records

The technology exists for multidisciplinary teams to instantly share updated patient records, and community nurses must be given access to it
Picture shows a community nurse at the home of an older man and his daughter. In this article Ian Bailey says the technology exists for multidisciplinary teams to instantly share updated patient records, and nurses must be given access to it.

The technology exists for multidisciplinary teams to instantly share updated patient records, and community nurses must be given access to it

The challenge of preventing unnecessary hospital admissions becomes harder as winter sets in. Caring for people more effectively in their own homes is part of the answer, but it relies on the effective working of community-based multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).

As any nurse knows, accounting for every part of a patient’s history is a huge hurdle to overcome. I know from personal experience that it becomes exponentially more complicated when there are multiple agencies and staff involved in delivering this care.

Care for people with co-morbidities is particularly complicated, because different agencies and healthcare professionals can be responsible for treating each individual condition. Care can often be fragmented and the combined effect of the conditions and their treatments on a person’s

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