Intellect have produced an interesting paper summarising IT challenges for health and care and possible solutions. My summary of the paper is that there are a number of areas that are covered including
1. A recommendation of open standards for Electronic Patient Records which supports third party developers
2. A recommendations for a digital identity across care sectors
3. A recommendation for the development and maintenance of standards
4. A discussion around information governance
5. Adoption of e-prescribing
6. Sharing of Electronic Patient Record information between providers
7. Improving electronic orders prescribing e.g. lab test results which also fits into point 6
8. Developing mobile technologies
9. Developing portals
10. Integrating care
11. Developing telehealth solutions
The document was published in May 2012 as an advisory document for the Department of Health and the issues discussed are still current.
The Power of Information
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
- Information about me and my care
- Connected information for integrated care
- Better access to better information
- A quality driven information system
- Making it happen
The Digital Strategy
The Department of Health published a paper in 2012 titled ‘Digital Strategy – Leading the Culture Change in Health and Care‘. This document is referenced in the paper ‘Personalised Health and Social Care 2020’.
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.
- Personalised Health and Social Care 2020. This is the framework published by the National Information Board. This document was published in 2014.
The NIB Framework consists of the following principles which are expanded upon in the Personalised Health and Social Care 2020 paper.
- Enabling the right health and care choices
- Giving care professionals and carers access to needed data, information and knowledge
- Making care quality transparent
- Building and sustaining public trust
- Bringing forwards life-saving treatments and supporting innovation and growth
- Supporting care professionals to make the best use of data and technology
- Assuring best value
The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records
- ‘The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records’ is a 2013 paper published by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and NHS Digital (which in 2013 was HSCIC) outlining the clinical requirements for an electronic patient record system.
NIB Framework Derivative Documents
- Information and Technology for Better Care. This document is published by NHS Digital and links to the National Information Board Framework. This document was published in 2015 and outlines the strategy for NHS Digital.
- 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.
- A broader look at clinical systems is covered in ‘Information and Digital Technologies Clinical Requirements 2020′ and is a derivative of both the NIB Framework and ‘The Standards for the Clinical Structure and Content of Patient Records’.
- The National Information Board have published ‘Personalised Health and Social Care 2020: Service User Vision‘. This explains the NIB framework in a way that is accessible for service users and carers.
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