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09
Jul

NHS IT vision 'is possible'


Paul Curley, IT clinical director for Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS, has told the BBC that successful IT is crucial to the future of the NHS.

“Information about the right patient, in the right place at the right time is the mantrafrequently trotted out glibly about healthcare IT,’ he says. However, the objectives of the government’s Information Strategy and promise of Connecting for Health - the body that looks after the NHS's IT infrastructure – are not clear, he adds.

The idea behind these strategies is that “patients on holiday in one part of the country who fall ill cannot be assured that clinicians will have access to hospital records - or X-rays - in their home county”.

Curley says: “I passionately believe that it is possible to collect and share clinical information safely, securely and to the benefit of patients.

“I believe that clinicians in the NHS have the ingenuity and commitment to doggedly focus on the real end game - nationally available health care records for patients and clinicians.”

He says that the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has scanned 200m pages of medical records and made them available across the organisation.

“We have developed search functionality to find information in individual records oracross multiple records and believe this is improving reliability of access to information to the benefit of patient care.”

Achieving this on a national level is possible but much more thought and planning is required, he says.

“A solution to all of these issues needs to be developed in a new partnership.
Let industry, healthcare IT workers and clinicians solve 80% of the problems.
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“Let's get away from the huge bureaucracy, let clinicians engage meaningfully with the Department of Health and crack this issue.”

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