Comment: Shane Tickell, CEO, IMS MAXIMS
The UK Government's commitment to invest £4bn in technology for the NHS in England yesterday is welcomed, but the taxpayer's money needs to be spent wisely
to have the anticipated impact.
The case for technology to help transform care services is not new. Busy hospital and community staff require relevant information at specific interactions with patients to provide them with the best possible care in the fastest, and safest manner.
The funding commitment by the UK government identifies electronic records as an area for investment. This is key firstly in helping to free up precious time for clinicians to spend with patients to improve the quality of consultations, diagnosis and treatment.
But it also lays the groundwork for much needed innovation in the NHS too. Urgency to adopt technology has increased in recent times as our health system struggles to cope with demand for services and as patient's expectations change rapidly. Our friend
makes a very pertinent observation: "If they [patients] can book a holiday online, why not a doctor's appointment? If they can access their bank on the move, why not their healthcare records, too?"