14/01/2011 by Martin Ferguson
Read Socitm’s response to the consultation document: Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution – Making it happen.
Socitm's response has been prepared by Socitm's Futures group with input from the membership in Socitm's Regions and other key stakeholders.
Our key recommendations are:
- Regional or sub-regional groupings of local authorities to lead in the provision of health and social care resource allocation information systems, particularly as GP clusters take over commissioning from Primary Care Trusts.
- Creation of marketplaces for service outcome and demand-led approaches to information systems designed to facilitate personalised choice of health and social care services.
- Greater transparency and openness of information on care needs, assessments, diagnosis, research, guidance, treatments and availability and cost of health, as well as social care, services in order to generate conditions for innovation by patients, service users and providers of care and therapies.
- Development of national standards for interoperability, information sharing and consent.
- Mandation or regulation to ensure compliance with standards for interoperability, information sharing and disclosure should be considered.
- Sharing of information with patients and service users in a number of ways, including online access. This information should cover all significant sources of health and social care diagnosis, assessment, prevention, treatment and care, including GP, social care, acute hospital, community care and mental health.
- Support (technical and interpretive) for patients and service users to access their own information online to overcome the restrictions of their capacity or capability.
- Joining-up information across systems and organisations for complex cases to be done with the involvement of users to avoid unnecessary complexity and to remain outcome-focused, tracking typical user journeys through the systems, so that only the information that is genuinely needed is joined-up.
- An initiative to recast the mindset of all staff in public services on the benefits and responsibilities that will come with improved handling and sharing of data and information.
- Access requirements generated by the proposed information revolution in health and social care to be incorporated directly into the Race Online 2012 campaign.
- Leadership, vision, governance and funding to ensure development and implementation of standards, and joined-up information systems and outcomes.