This time it’s personal
Why do we need electronic health records, anyway? Gerry Yantis and Manuel Lowenhaupt of CapGemini argue that the challenges faced in implementing them shouldn’t detract from their importance.
David Grigsby of LiquidLogic puts the case for the importance of IT in multi-agency working, and what problems must be overcome for successful implementation.
Words get around
Blogging is one of the success stories of the internet. E-Health Insider looks at NHS staff who blog and also how blogs are used within the health service.
Lessons from America
E-Health Insider talks to David Brailer, national co-ordinator for health IT in the US, about how the US and English health IT programmes can learn from one another.
Securing NHS Care Records
Duncan McNeil, chief technology officer for the National Programme for IT, explains how new NHS Smartcards will be used to restrict access to patient information.
Flexibility key, says Forrest
In an exclusive interview, Martyn Forrest, Regional Implementation Director for the North East of England sets out the challenges of making sure NPfIT is delivered.
Release the pharmacists
Better application of technology could take the administrative burden away from hospital pharmacists, leaving them free to concentrate on patient care.
Speak for yourself
New developments in speech recognition technology could make it a useful tool for clinicians, says Marcel Wassink of Philips.
Dr Mahibur Rahman explains the benefits and costs of introducing picture archiving, and shows what can happen if things go wrong.
Keeping an eye on ID
Identifying patients to access their records can be a big problem for A&E staff and paramedics. So why not use biometric scanning, wonders Michael Casey?