Key areas established for NHS paperless review

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"We are currently having fortnightly meetings and will review evidence that is put forward to us .”

Dr Sood provides an update on how the Wachter Review is progressing

(London, UK) Dr Harpreet Sood, Senior Fellow at NHS England, gave an insightful talk at the HIMSS UK Executive Leadership Summit this week on how the NHS can achieve their goal of going paperless.

Dr Sood explained that the review has identified four key areas that must be looked into if they want to move into a new era.

He said: “Firstly we want to know how the experiences of clinicians and Trust leadership has been so far within the NHS.

“Secondly we want to know the current capacity and capability of Trusts in understanding and commissioning health IT systems. Thirdly we want to know the current experiences at different points in the adoption lifecycle.

“And lastly we want to focus on the relationship between patients and their clinicians and the impact and potential of digital health systems on clinical workforce.”

Working towards a paperless NHS

Dr Sood also talked about San Francisco IT expert professor, Robert Wachter, who launched a review last month of computer systems across the NHS.

The review, ‘Making IT work: harnessing the power of health IT to improve care in England’, will look at places where IT has worked well and those areas that need improving. It will also look at different ways to implement IT in healthcare as the NHS works towards being paperless in the near future.

Dr Sood added: “This will be a high level report showing different people within the NHS what they have already and what they may need in the future.”

One theme the review that is also looking at is social care and health IT, and how this fits within the wider health context, as Dr Sood confirmed: “we are currently having fortnightly meetings and will review evidence that is put forward to us .”