Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS)
EPaCCS allows information to be captured and transferred electronically across providers of care 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.
The EPaCCS information standard is currently being reviewed and is due to be published in 2022.
A Regional project is currently ongoing in collaboration with Connected Health Cities.