Making Links – A Comparison of Standards


There are two documents that I have written about previously that overlap slightly so I though it would be worth a brief comparison. The first document is ‘The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records‘ and the second is ‘Information and Digital Technologies Clinical Requirements 2020′.

My interpretation of the difference between the two documents is as follows. The first document details the clinical requirements for headings in an electronic patient record. The second document is broader and relates to clinical systems. Not only does the second document outline required content within the systems but it also describes required behaviours of the clinical systems. The second document is brief in comparison with the first but both are clinically driven.


In previous posts I have looked at a number of papers which can be accessed via the metaindex for 2017 mental health informatics posts.

There are several papers that I have reviewed that are linked.

  1. Personalised Health and Social Care 2020. This document is published by the National Information Board.
  2. Information and Technology for Better Care. This document is published by NHS Digital and links to the National Information Board Framework.
  3. The NHS Five Year Forward view is another key document which extends from 2014-2019 but also references a digital aspect to the plan.
  4. There is also a paper on MyNHS titled ‘MyNHS – Greater transparency for better health and care’. This relates to the agenda outlined in Personalised Health and Social Care 2020.
  5. There is another related paper that I have reviewed previously ‘The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records’.

The documents above are interlinked although there is a subtle difference in timing (i.e. one ends in 2019 and the other in 2020).

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