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The encompass programme is a Health and Social Care (HSC) wide initiative that will introduce a digital integrated care record to Northern Ireland. This will support the HSCNI vision to transform health and social care in order to improve health outcomes and create better experiences for those receiving, using and delivering services.

HSCNI currently uses lots of different systems which cannot easily, or just can’t, communicate with each other. Many of them are old and need to be replaced. This gives us an opportunity, rather than continuing to rely on paper records and replacing outdated technology system by system, to better use the investment needed in ICT to transform the way we care for people in Northern Ireland.

In many countries outside of Northern Ireland, health and care organisations are using digital technology to transform their services. The digital revolution has transformed other sectors, such as how we shop, how we travel and how we bank: health and social care is now catching up.

Watch our short animation to find out more about the benefits of a new digital care record.