Info centre to run DMICs
New Data Management Integration Centres, being developed within the NHS Commissioning Board, will have to become part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre to operate legally.
SUS boosted by Operating Framework
The NHS has been told that it should be using the Secondary Uses Service as the “standard repository” for health service data by April 2012.
DH reviews Dr Foster Intelligence
The future of Dr Foster Intelligence, the UK’s best known provider of hospital performance information and analysis, is under review by KPMG on behalf of the Department of Health and Dr Foster Holdings LLP.
Information Centre wins in ALB review
The NHS Information Centre has come out of the Department of Health’s arms length body review with a promise that it will be put on a firmer statutory footing and given new responsibilities.
Lansley leads information revolution
The new NHS white paper promises an information strategy for the NHS this autumn, but a report from the National Quality Board provides clues to its content.
Data published as Whitehall is reviewed
The Department of Health has confirmed that BT’s new local service provider deal for London is one of the contracts that will be reviewed by the new government to ensure value for money. A joint Treasury and Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group, led by Paymaster General Francis Maude, is examining all new contracts worth […]
Mid Staffs report demands stats overhaul
An independent report into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has called for an “impeccably independent and transparent source” to be set up to produce comparative statistics for the NHS.
IMS Health wins IC indicators contract
US-based healthcare intelligence company IMS Health has been chosen to produce clinical indicators for the NHS Choices website, taking over from Dr Foster Intelligence. The NHS information Centre issued a tender for the production of indicators for NHS Choices after completing a review of the use of indicators such as hospital standardised mortality ratios. The […]
Dr Foster names safety underperformers
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2009 has named 12 NHS trusts that it says have significantly underperformed on its new measure of patient safety. The guide, published over the weekend, identifies patient safety as the single most important element of hospital care. For the first time, it has introduced a Patient Safety Score, awarding scores of one to […]
Mind the gap
Brian Derry from the NHS Information Centre reflects on the coming financial crunch and how informatics can help the NHS through it.