From May 2017 we will improve the way we use information from GP patient records. These changes, which are being introduced in stages, will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.
Dr Alan McDevitt, Chair of the SGPC talking about the benefits of SPIRE for practices, clusters and the NHS in Scotland and the robustness of the safeguards in place.
Dr Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP in Scotland, on the benefits of SPIRE for practices and patients across Scotland.
… it’s fair to say that the whole of Scotland’s health could improve as a result of SPIRE. At the moment much of our data about ill health in Scotland is based on various surveys and probably the most consistent thing is the medical cause of death. But actually why aren’t we looking upstream of that and actually looking at the illnesses that are out there at the moment?
SPIRE will help by providing practices with a simple way to view their own information and to get intelligence that will be of use to them in the care of their patients, particularly those with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease as well as for older people with a lot of conditions who are on a variety of drugs.
… in my view it’s a major step forward…. And if there’s more information available, meaningful information available, at practice level, and at primary care level, then it can only be an improvement to the outcome to the individual patient.