Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR)

In July 2013, Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland introduced the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR). NIECR is a computer system which will make it easier for health and social care staff to get the information they need to look after you – even if your treatment has been in a different hospital or another part of the service.

Information included in NIECR

Your HSC information is needed to make sure you get the best care possible. The NIECR will contain information from existing electronic record systems from hospitals and clinics throughout Northern Ireland as well as some information which is recorded directly in the system, where this is helpful to your care.

This information includes:

  • lab tests
  • x-rays
  • referrals
  • investigation requests
  • appointments
  • encounter and discharge letters from various HSC systems

If you have chosen to allow details of your drugs and any allergies to be shared by your GP through the Emergency Care Summary, these will also be in your record on the NIECR.

As of November 2014, the Emergency Care Summary solution is now provided entirely by NIECR. The link below provides more detail on the Emergency Care Summary system.

Only the staff caring for you will be able to look at your information on the NIECR and you will be asked for your permission first. An audit trail will check this.

How your information is kept safe

Staff working in HSC services have both a legal and an ethical duty to protect the confidentiality of personal information on patients and service users. Regular checks are made on who has looked at personal information held electronically.

The NIECR can only be accessed over the HSC secure network and patient data can be accessed only by the HSC staff who need to see it to support your care.

What you can expect from NIECR

The NIECR will mean:

  • doctors can check your x-rays and test results on computer - this means they can look at the results as soon as they are available and your treatment can start sooner
  • if your GP refers you to a hospital, information about your health can be sent to, and be triaged by, your hospital doctor in electronic form rather than through the post
  • if you have a long term condition such as diabetes, this information will be available in the NIECR so that the different people looking after you will be able to see it and update your record within NIECR - so the latest information is available to health and social care professionals involved in your care
  • the Emergency Care Summary is already in use for urgent care and includes details of your drugs and allergies from your GP - this will now be in the NIECR and available to staff involved in your care, such as outpatient clinics
  • letters about you sent to your GP from hospital will be included in the NIECR - this will help inform staff looking after you about your care

Looking more information

If you would like more information about the NIECR, you can find this out through any of the contact details below.

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