Health and Social Services Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford has announced a £6.7m investment in IT systems designed to further integrate health and social care in the country.
The multi-million funding will be used to develop a new Community Care Information Solution (CCIS) that will enabled the sharing of information between different health and social services instantly, improving care and support for those living in Wales.
Under the new system, health, social services, mental health, therapy and community services will be able to ensure they have services and support for individuals, families and communities that are more effectively planned, co-ordinated and delivered.
The investment will also support information sharing requirements, case management and workflow for relevant organisations across the country.
Bridgend County Borough Council will implement the first phase of the project to create the national infrastructure to enable all social care and health organisations in Wales to benefit from the new system.
The national hardware and all-Wales licences will be paid for by the £6.7m capital grant and so all local councils and health boards will be able to implement the CCIS at minimal costs.
The multi-million pound investment is part of a £14.9m package of Welsh Government capital funding for the NHS announced in January.
“The investment demonstrates our commitment to putting people first. This new system has been developed in response to the growing need to integrate health and social care,” claimed Drakeford.
“It will allow professionals in social care, community health and mental health to access and share information across organisations boundaries.
“The new system will make it easier for these services to work together to deliver improved services and support for individuals, families and community across Wales,” he added.