PHRs struggling to gain traction and show benefits – review
Attempts to create a personal health records suffer from a “lack of quantifiable benefits” and some schemes face an uncertain future if new funding is not found, a wide-ranging review by the RCP’s Health Informatics Unit for NHS England has concluded.
First free NHS wi-fi targets outlined at NIB meeting
The National Information Board was given an update on the timetable to deliver health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s promise of free wi-fi across the NHS at its latest meeting, which also covered information governance and professionalism.
Leadership summit: full steam ahead?
The first Digital Health Leadership Summit heard the government wants to create the ‘railroad’ over which local IT services can run; but it will be for trusts and commissioners to create them. Lyn Whitfield reports.
Hunt announces £4.2 billion for NHS IT
The government will spend £4.2 billion on NHS technology over the next five years, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
Sixteen tasks for NHS England in 2016
Beverley Bryant, NHS England’s director of digital technology, has laid out a busy schedule for the start of the New Year.
NIB: Newton to take over from Kelsey
Public Health England’s John Newton is to replace Tim Kelsey as chair of the National Information Board on an interim basis.
Can the NHS bank on IT for productivity gains?
NHS England is bidding for billions of IT investment to improve NHS productivity. A McKinsey presentation shows that if it succeeds, the service will be required to deliver on a scale never before achieved, argues Digital Health editor Jon Hoeksma.
The long Read
Read Codes are to be phased out across the NHS, and SNOMED CT must be used in primary care systems by the end of 2016 and in all IT systems by spring 2020. Thomas Meek reports.
Bryant: ten key points from EHI Live
NHS England director of digital technology, Beverley Bryant, has updated visitors to EHI Live 2015 on the commissioning board’s bid for a third technology fund, on the progress of digital roadmaps, and on the launch of a new Digital Maturity Index.
NHS IT leaders say ‘paperless’ possible
Two-thirds of NHS IT leaders say they are confident their organisation can meet the goal to become paper-light by the turn of the decade.