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Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS)

Background

Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordinating System (EPaCCS) uses a dataset of patient demographic informaiton and care details and the information captured is transferred electronically across settings to support the co-ordination of end of life care.

Having an EPaCCS has the potential for improvements in the patient experience by:

  • Decreasing the number of emergency admissions to hospital at the end of life
  • Where resources allowing, improved patient choice with reduced length of stay in hospital and more patients cared for in their preferred place of care
  • Increasing the number of people dying in their preferred place
  • Reducing miscommunication between professionals leading to risk such as inappropriate resuscitation and hospital admission through lack of an up to date shared care record for end of life patients
  • Reducing the frustration and inappropriateness to patients and those who are important to them of repeated difficult conversations

For health or social care professional's having an EPaCCS supports automatic sharing of information between systems through increasing interoperability, reducing duplication of effort and improved co-ordination between services in End of Life Care work - sharing of processes and workflow, reduces the burden on key services.

Financially there is sufficient evidence, with appropriate context taken into account, for recurrent savings after four years to be over £100k pa and cumulative net benefit over 4 years of c.£270k for a population of 200,000 people

 

Eight Key Areas for EPaCCS Implemention

EMIS Web EPaCCS Template Guide

EMIS - PCS EPaCCS Template Guide

EMIS - LV EPaCCS Template Guide

Why EPaCCS? video (opens in Youtube)