Friday, October 09, 2015

Now Here Is The Approach We Should Be Adopting To Move Forward In E-Health.

This appeared a little while ago.

NHS developing PHR adoption strategy

9 July 2015   Thomas Meek
NHS England is working on an adoption strategy to support the use of personal health records.
The strategy is intended to enable the NHS to develop an understanding of “what do we need to do at centre to help health economies and patients adopt PHRs,” according to Lenore Ogilvy, a commercial specialist at the commissioning board.
Ogilvy, who was speaking at a Future of Personal Health Records event this week organised by Sitekit, the co-creator of the eRedbook, said the plan is part of the National Information Board’s ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ framework to drive improved use of digital technology in healthcare.
The work on PHRs comes under workstream 1.1 of the framework, which is focused on enabling patients and the public to use digital tools to access health and care information and make informed choices.
Tim Kelsey, director of patients and information at NHS England and chair of the NIB, has previously said this strand of the framework, which also encompasses the development of an app endorsement model, could achieve up to £3.4 billion in annual efficiency savings by 2020.
In order to develop the PHR strategy Ogilvy said that NHS England is engaging in a “landscape review” to get an insight into what local NHS organisations and commercial companies are developing innovative approaches to using and implementing PHRs.
The use of PHRs has expanded in recent years, as both central and local NHS services have pushed the benefits of tools that can complement electronic medical records by allowing patients access to view and update their own healthcare information.
Examples include Emis Health’s PHR, which links to Apple’s HealthKit, and the More Independent Programme in Liverpool, which links health and social care information to support older people to live more healthily in their own home.
NHS England’s own work in the area includes giving patients access to their Summary Care Record online, and enabling patients to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions online, by giving GPs incentives to switch on the parts of their systems that enable patients to do this.
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How refreshing! Actually planning to research and then trial approaches to Personal Health Records to find out what works for consumers before actually committing to major expenses.
Pity this was not done when we kicked off the PCEHR!

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