For Health and Social Care (HSC) staff.

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encompass is an electronic healthcare record. It is being introduced to help improve Health and Social Care services in Northern Ireland. Having one record will reduce the need for information to be stored across a lot of older systems. It will also allow healthcare staff to see the right information at the right time. Staff will be able to work more effectively because they won’t need a lot of paper forms and will be able to spend more time with patients, clients, and services users. encompass will help contribute positively to patient safety as the system will help prevent mistakes being made.

Benefits for HSC staff include:

One patient, one record, one system, one place

  • A new electronic system with all patient information in one place
  • No paper files and a single spot for information as encompass replaces many old computer systems
  • Improved patient safety and quality of care
  • Safe and private patient information
  • Patients will not have to repeat their stories or have repeated tests
  • Improved outcomes and preventative care to prevent ill health
  • Information to help give patients with long term conditions the ongoing support they need.
  • Better planning for services by giving us good quality information
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Improved patient safety and quality of care

  • Fewer mistakes when prescribing medicine
  • Fewer mistakes when giving medicine
  • Lower risk of hospital acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Fewer deaths from Sepsis
  • Lower Risk Adjusted Mortality index scores
  • Better access to information on mobile technology while in the community
  • Faster access to information no matter where care takes place

Better access to patient and client information at point of care

  • Many staff will have mobile technology. This means that they can see the information they need wherever they are. It also means they can record any new information right away. 
  • Health care staff will be able to order tests, write notes, record diagnoses, prescribe medicine, refer, and send messages to their patients in one system.
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Improved work processes for those providing and supporting care

  • Teamwork is easier, handovers of care are safer and quicker.
  • Less duplication and form filling.
  • Less money will be spent on producing, storing, and managing paper records and forms.
  • More time spent caring for patients and clients.

Page last updated: March 22, 2022