This policy paper from the Department of Health is not a strategy in the conventional sense. It is not a national plan, but a framework for action that will support frontline staff, patients and citizens to take better advantage of the digital opportunity.
Better use of data and technology has the power to improve health, transform the quality and reduce the cost of health and care services.
- give patients and citizens more control over their health and wellbeing
- empower carers
- reduce the administrative burden for care professionals
- support the development of new medicines and treatments
This framework has been developed based on evidence from many sources, including civil society and patient organisations, as well as directly from service users.
The National Information Board will report annually on progress made against the priorities detailed in this framework and review them each year to reflect changing technology and accommodate new requirements from the public and staff. The proposals in this framework are not comprehensive but they represent the core and immediate priorities for delivery of modern digital health and care services.
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