The Development of An Electronic, Palliative Care, Coordination System

Claire Henry, Anita Hayes

  • Abstract

    Effective coordination of care, sharing of information and partnership working are principles that define high-quality, end-of-life
    care. Technology is now being adapted to support these principles in order to improve, and put individual patients at the centre of, care at the end of life. The concept of an electronic, palliative care, coordination system (EPCCS), also known as a ‘locality register’, has been considered a potentially useful tool for improving end-of-life care in England for several years. The system is effectively a register, that holds key information about individuals nearing the end of life, thus helping the multidisciplinary team to coordinate care effectively. Information includes details of diagnosis and people’s preferences for end-of-life care (Table 1). Individual records are accessible by a wide range of professionals and agencies involved in the patient’s care throughout the 24-hour period.

  • Contributors

    Claire Henry, Anita Hayes

    Affiliations

    Correct at article publish date

    Claire Henry is Director and Anita Hayes is Deputy Director, National End of Life Care Programme, Leicester

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/01/2011
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue: 2

    Permissions: © 2015, Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions2015

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