Darzi’s report for the digital generation
The final report of the Next Stage Review of the English NHS sees technology-driven change as one of the challenges facing the NHS in the 21st century.
We live in digital times
Nick Timmins, public policy editor of the Financial Times, argues that the NHS has to succeed in digitisatising if it is to last another 60 years.
QoF to be re-focused on health promotion
Lord Darzi’s NHS review outlines plans to overhaul the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QoF) to place a greater emphasis on health promotion activity. Higher Quality Care for All: The NHS Next Stage Review states that the number of organisational and “process” indicators in the QoF will be reduced as part of plans to give GPs […]
NHS Choices gets central role in future health
The DH’s flagship website has been given a central role in Lord Darzi’s plans for reforming the health service in England.
Darzi review stresses choice and information
Greater choice, better information and a legal duty for strategic health authorities to promote innovation are key themes of the government’s NHS next stage review.
EMIS and INPS plan integrated IT system
Leading GP system suppliers EMIS and INPS are to join forces with out-of-hours IT supplier Adastra to develop an integrated IT system aimed at Lord Darzi’s GP-led health centres. The three companies announced their plans today as Lord Darzi prepares to launch his 10-year plan to modernise the NHS. Darzi’s interim report published in October […]
Prof Sir Bruce Keogh interim DH IT director general
Sir Professor Keogh, the Department of Health’s medical director, is to become the department’s interim director general of informatics. He will take over from Matthew Swindells, the current DH director general of informatics, who has announced earlier this month he is to join consultants Tribal Group at the end of his current secondment. Swindells, who […]
Centre for robotic surgery opened in London
Robotic assistant in action. A centre for robotic surgery has been created at Imperial College London with the aid of the Helen Hamlyn Trust. The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery will champion the integration of robotics into medicine and patient care, with the aim of developing advanced robotic technologies. It will be based at Imperial College […]
QoF cash for quitters
GPs could be paid depending on the number of their patients who stop smoking as part of possible changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QoF), according to the head of primary care commissioning for the Department of Health. Mark Britnell, DH director general of commissioning and system management, outlined a range of possible changes […]
DH calls on public to have their say on NHS future
The Department of Health is calling for more members of the public to complete its Our NHS Our Future review questionnaire, available for two more weeks online. The questionnaire is open to anyone to complete and its results will be used immediately to inform key recommendations for improving services both nationally and locally. One question […]