The UK Government has announced a new Information Strategy. The press release is here. In the press release, it is mentioned that patients will be able to access information which will help them to make decisions about their healthcare. The Department of Health website has a brief overview of the Information Strategy on this page. Nine features of the Information Strategy are shown in this infographic. There is also a dedicated website for the Information Strategy.
The Information Strategy can be read in full here. The full document is 119 pages but there is also an easy read version here. There are also links to what people are writing about the Information Strategy here. There are a number of interesting links on this page. The King’s Fund suggests that take-up will be dependent on local factors. In the Guardian there is a piece about the South London and Maudsley’s new patient electronic health record – MyHealthBox – which patients are able to access. MyHealthBox is discussed in the Information Strategy. There are other innovations from London and the Information Strategy gives details of an innovative system which integrates health and social care records in Tower Hamlets and a 2013 target for a paperless King’s College Hospital.
There is a lot of material in the Information Strategy and many of the aims lay the ground for exciting developments in the way that healthcare is delivered. On a related note, Tim-Berners Lee the founder of the World Wide Web has been commissioned by the government to help start-up companies make use of public data. All of this bring’s the opportunity for the UK to become a world leader in health informatics and can lead to an improvement in the quality of healthcare delivered.
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