Cancer care records available to view in the Welsh Clinical Portal

Health care professionals  across Wales can now access cancer patient information through the Welsh Clinical Portal (WCP). Previously, this information was only available to Cancer Network Information System Cymru (CaNISC) users. 

CaNISC is being phased out due to the age of its software. 

The Case Note Summary from CaNISC now includes multidisciplinary team diagnosis, proposed treatments, and a system-generated summary of the patient's cancer record.  Accessing it through the WCP means that if the patient visits a healthcare environment where CaNISC is not available, the patient's information would still be accessible. 

In the first six days after its go-live, nearly a thousand users accessed the CaNISC Case Note Summary in Welsh Clinical Portal. 84% of those users did not have access to CaNISC, demonstrating that the national IT programme is meeting users' needs.

The CaNISC Case Note Summary  adds to the already extensive patient information available to view in Welsh Clinical Portal including over 170 million tests results and over 17 million care documents plus access to the full GP summary record for 3.1 million citizens in Wales.

"This is a really important development, not just for the services within Velindre that rely on secure access to clinical information to support direct care but also for those services offering regional tertiary care that crosses organisational boundaries. 

The South East Wales Upper GI team has already seen the benefits of this development with previous diagnostic information, MDT discussions and treatment received being available to service providers across the whole patient pathway."

- Prof. Tom Crosby OBE Consultant Oncologist and National Cancer Clinical Director for Wales