The Power of Information – A Summary


The 2012 ‘The Power of Information‘ paper by the Department of Health is mentioned in the ‘Personalised Health and Social Care 2020’ paper. This paper has the following headings

  1. Information about me and my care: In this section of the paper the ambition is for patients to be able to access their care records. The document references an example of patient access to records with My Renal View and My Health Box.
  2. Connected information for integrated care: This section of the document ‘The Power of Information’ looks at integrating information across health and social care, factoring in security and privacy issues, anonymising data and utilising this for research purposes. There is a reference to the Common Assessment Framework Programme for Adults. Examples of integration include e-consultations for chronic kidney disease at Bradford Teaching Hospital, StrokeNav, a barcode medication system at Bristol care homes, integrated healthcare in Worcestershire health economy, clinical portal at Basingstoke and North Hants NHS Trust, VistA, cancer registries and the National Cancer Intelligence Network.A table of priority areas includes
    • Medicines management
    • Test results exchanged safely across settings
    • Letters being sent electronically between professionals
    • Systems for easy viewing of records
    • Electronic care plans for health and care records
    • Online professional access to shared care records
  3. Better access to better information: This section of the document sets out a number of principles
    • Access to information through a single portal
    • Transparency through feedback and access to healthcare metrics

    Examples include

  4. A quality driven information system: In the section on a quality driven information system the key ambitions that are outlined include
    • An information led culture with recording, sharing and use of information to improve care
    • The widespread use of technology to improve services
    • An information system built on innovation, integration, national standards and local decisions
  5. Making it happen



NHS Five Year Forward View

  • The NHS Five Year Forward view is a key document which extends from 2014-2019 The NHS Five Year Forward view contains a digital element.

NIB Framework

The NIB Framework consists of the following principles which are expanded upon in the Personalised Health and Social Care 2020 paper.

  1. Enabling the right health and care choices
  2. Giving care professionals and carers access to needed data, information and knowledge
  3. Making care quality transparent
  4. Building and sustaining public trust
  5. Bringing forwards life-saving treatments and supporting innovation and growth
  6. Supporting care professionals to make the best use of data and technology
  7. Assuring best value

The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records

NIB Framework Derivative Documents

Index: There are indices for the TAWOP site here and here

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