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Information Revolution – summary of responses

23 August, 2011 (15:55) | Government policy, Information needs, Initiatives, National Programmes | By: Helga Perry

Summary of responses to An Information revolution has been published. It’s a bit worrying that only SEVEN clinicians submitted responses.

 Note the comment on page 32 from a midwife on the importance of recording information once at the point of care:

“I fill in data online, but the GP also wants it hand written as does the midwifery PCT, so I write information out 3 times for every woman! it is MAD”

 Also note the comment from the Royal College of Midwives on page 33 relating to guaranteed reliable access to maternity IT:

“One of the key priorities of the information revolution for the RCM is to ensure that every midwife has access to the hardware to capture data at the point of care and he/she has the training to use the technology to capture data.”

United Health UK is quoted on page 36:

“It is often said that the NHS is data rich but information poor. Universal health coverage; a comprehensive delivery system; near universal Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption in primary care; and a lifetime patient identification number put the NHS in an enviable position. However, the lack of data system interoperability between primary and secondary care; the lack of consistent coding and data collection; and the failure to fully utilise the patient identification number to track a patient’s health experience across a lifetime can prevent the system from maximising the benefits of its impressive foundation.”


as is an anonymous information professional:

“I think the information revolution should be about laying the foundations and when they’re in place you can start to build on them. … Don’t run before you can walk”

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