Mental illness costs the UK economy an estimated £70–100 billion each year. With demand for overstretched mental health services growing every day, there has never been a more urgent need to address the way we provide mental healthcare.
We can help
The Medical Interoperabilty Gateway (MIG) is a secure middleware technology, which allows local care providers to share patient information between different health and social care systems.
Treating the mind and body
Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can have a negative impact on physical health.
Being able to spot early signs of ill mental health and understanding the source of the problem is crucial to the well-being of the patient.
The MIG provides a wide range of information about a patient’s physical health. This includes, problems, diagnoses, medication (current, past and issues), risks and warnings, procedures, investigations, blood pressure measurements, encounters, admissions and referrals.
Integrating care services
Effective mental healthcare relies on lots of different care teams working in partnership. The MIG identifies all the services involved in a patient’s care and streamlines communications between them. This includes GPs, hospitals, social care and community care providers.
Being able to view this information provides healthcare professionals with a fuller picture of a patient’s medical background. This can help them to make informed decisions faster and supports care planning for long-term conditions and comorbidities.
Secure data sharing
The MIG will only share patient information with the organisations, which are part of an information sharing agreement. Patients must also provide explicit consent at the point of care before the clinician can view their information. This means the patient has control of their information and the MIG audit trail allows them to see who has viewed their record.
Get connected in six to eight weeks
To find out how we can tailor the MIG to your service please call 0845 601 262 or request a call from one of our team.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (8-14 May)
We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week , which aims to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. With people struggling to cope with the demands of life and stuck on getting through the day, the
Mental Health Foundation (MHF) will explore:
- how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
- why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
- what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
The MHF will share stories from people who are surviving or thriving and there is information on their website, which explains how you can show your support for the campaign.