U.K. Department of Health: eHealth Information Strategy - 2012

The focus of the U.K. Department of Health's Information Strategy is on:

  • empowering patients to take more control of their own health through better access to information, including access to their own health records (starting with GP records);
  • using technology to provide more convenient ways for people to access services - such as booking appointments with their GP online, ordering repeat prescriptions online etc;
  • promoting transparency so that a wide range of quality information is available to enable people to make fully informed choices about the healthcare they receive;
  • moving away from a 'provide all' national IT programme to a 'connect all' approach based on consistent national standards for information collection and systems to ensure they are interoperable;
  • promoting the importance of informatics skills and capability for all staff groups in the service.

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