A Policy Briefing aimed at healthcare professionals is available for LKS staff to share in their own organisations. This has been produced and shared by the JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Please feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement to JET Library) for your own purposes.
Impact on library policy/practice:
These plans do not directly apply to libraries, but some of the vision has implications for information libraries may wish to make available through their activities for providing information to patients or the public; or to NHS /social care staff that need to know of or share this information with the public and patients.
As these plans are intended for local development and implementation – which aspects of the plans are developed will vary from one place to another.
If locally the plans are taken forward to highlight access to good quality information online via NHS Choices, or for the NHS to help patients understand what mobile apps and wearable devices for tracking/monitoring their health can be safely trusted – libraries may wish to include this information their provision/signposting of information to the public and patients.
If organisations focus on the implementation of more telehealth or telemedicine solutions for providing service to patients or for the sharing of patient data, test results and information between organisations e.g. hospital and GP, there may be an interest in resources around these topics from staff to raise their awareness of these technologies and see what good/existing practice is already in place.
Source: National Information Board
Supporting documentation: The Clinical version: Information and Digital Technologies Clinical Requirements 2020 http://www.aomrc.org.uk/publications/reports-guidance/information-digital-technologies-clinical-requirements-2020/
Publication format: PDF
Date of publication: October 2017
Summary of driver: Patient Carers and Service User Vision: Personalised Health and Care 2020.
This vision document states what the Government’s and national health and care organisations’ current digital technology programmes will enable health and social care services to deliver for people in England; through improved use of information technology.
These plans are to be implemented locally, with local decision making, so how they are achieved may different from one area to another. The plans may mean doing things differently, doing new things or just doing existing things better.
Key features of driver:
- It will be easier to find reliable online information and advice to maintain fitness and wellbeing
- Online support through NHS 111 will help people if they have a health problem
- NHS 111 will signpost people to the right help
- It will be easier to find information at nhs.uk
- The NHS will help people understand which apps they can trust
- People will be able to link information from wearable and devices to their own health records
- There will be free wi-fi in all NHS premises
- People will be able to book and change appointments online
- People will be able to track their test results online
- People will be able to talk to their doctors via phone or Skype
- GPs will be able to use remote consultation more quickly and easily
- GP and hospital systems will link up more effectively
- Children’s red books will become electronic
- People will have a choice about where, when and how medicines are delivered
- The accuracy of prescriptions will be improved
- Test results will be available more quickly and easily
- It will be easier for different health-care teams to work together
- It will be easier to find out what social care support people are eligible for and how to access it
- Carers will find it easier to get hold of the information and support they need
- Data from gene testing will be linked to other information and analysed in new research hubs
- Health and care services will have more reliable, joined-up and secure systems
Primary audience: Public, NHS and social care organisations.
Date last updated: November 2017
Due for review: November 2018
Group member responsible: FG