Paperless NHS: how to transform hospital IT

01 Jul 2015

Joining up hospital IT systems so that information flows seamlessly both within and outside these complex organisations is a major challenge for NHS IT. Writing for HSJ, EMIS Group’s chief medical officer Dr Shaun O’Hanlon considers how it could be done.

The article includes a contribution from EMIS Health customer Adrian Byrne, director of information management and technology for University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to have a digital revolution by 2020 - with electronic care records for every patient and interoperable digital systems replacing paper records across all care providers.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens’ NHS Five Year Forward View also identifies better IT as a key factor in closing the £30bn funding gap facing the health service.

But while primary care organisations have forged ahead with IT, embracing digital patient records and services such as online appointment booking, the picture looks very different in the acute sector.

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