“It’s about pointing people to the different options that you have,”

A clear roadmap must be understood in order to achieve successs

[Leeds, UK] Personalised health and care can be improved exponentially with a clear interoperability strategy and a greater understanding of its benefits according to Inderjit Singh from NHS England.

The problem with interoperability is that common perceptions of confusion prevail and it has been compared to “world peace, as no one knows how to get there,” commented the Head of Enterprise Architecture from NHS England.

Singh told a conference of health IT leaders in Leeds that NHS England is keen to ensure that a digital roadmap is communicated, while ensuring that priorities for commissioners and clinicians are understood. This will involve working on a local level and offering examples of how effective paper-free strategies can achieve successful outcomes, in addition to a digital maturity index providing a means to measure progress.

He went on to emphasise the benefits of working together to ensure that clinicians can utilise improved electronic documentation, clinical decision support and transfer of care which should provide greater “synergy between acute and primary care”.

Furthermore, the strategy should provide an open environment for information sharing which will support emerging models of care based on open interfaces and open standards. “It’s about pointing people to the different options that you have,” said Singh.

An example of how this can work successfully in practice has been demonstrated by the ‘Connecting Care’ programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire which focuses on using technology to provide more joined-up care, and is underpinned by better information sharing.

Get signed up for the Autumn Health Insights series

Singh was one of the key speakers at a rolling series of regional one-day events, known as Health Insights, organised by HIMSS UK in association with NHS England that has been providing updates on the transformation of health and social care practices through the adoption of innovative technologies.

The programme finished this week in Leeds, but you can access the presentations of the Summer 2015 run of the series here – and you can already register your interest for the next iteration of Health Insights, starting in October.


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