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Dr Foster Intelligence under review

The Department of Health has announced that it will be reviewing the future of Dr Foster Intelligence, one of the UK’s main providers of information, analysis and targeted communications to health and social care organisations. Launched back in 2006, it is run by the Department alongside Dr Foster Holdings LLP.


The review follows the publication of the recent White Paper 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS', which stated the government’s commitment to “the introduction of an NHS information revolution, providing patients with quality information and data on all aspects of healthcare”.


Health minister Simon Burns explained: “In the White Paper, we set out a vision for an information revolution to give patients greater choice and control. We will publish our information strategy paper in the autumn. This review will ensure that the Department of Health is making the most of Dr Foster Intelligence.”


According to a spokesperson the intention is to “ensure that the service is best placed to increase the use of healthcare informatics to create better care, outcomes and reduced costs”.


Dr Foster Intelligence chief executive, Tom Moloney added: “With the increased emphasis on healthcare information in the White Paper, this is the right time to embark a review of Dr Foster Intelligence.  We will work with our partners to consider the best options for the company and the shareholders.”