The MIG allows third-party solutions, such as out-of-hours systems, to request information for a given patient. The MIG will identify where the patient is registered and return detailed summary information (within the locally agreed scope), regardless of the clinical system being used at the patient’s practice. Third-party solutions can also use the MIG’s locator service to write additional clinical information to the patient’s record at their practice.
It is clear that patient safety and clinical outcomes can be improved if clinical systems share data. NHS Connecting for Health’s spine provides some of this functionality but is limited to practices in England and is not designed for local data sharing. Allowing systems to share data reduces the build-up of islands of data and reduces duplication. It also speeds up the flow of data compared to paper-based ‘snail mail’. The MIG is a data exchange rather than a store, providing a secure gateway to other services that provide real-time information to clinicians. It meets HL7 and NHS Connecting for Health interoperability standards.
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