Digital transformation without limits - Newsletter 3
Geraint Lewis reflects on the need to improve the reputation of Information Governance
Reputation, reputation, reputation. Whether we like it or not, it’s important - and sadly, there’s no doubt that information governance has a bad one. I think we can draw a perfect comparison between IG and health and safety - often found in the same, somewhat demonised position: myths around how the latter has ‘gone mad’ belie the truth that rates of fatal Injuries have fallen significantly over the past 30 years, saving thousands of lives.
Information governance is much the same: holding a pivotal role in improving the security of our datasets and building the public’s confidence in how we use data.
Imperial NHS Trust & Xerox: Next Generation Patient Records - Watch this video
At this year’s Health+Care Linda Watts at Imperial NHS Trust, together with Jonathan Elliott at Xerox, will talk about how they’re working together to digitise Patient Records, making key documentation accessible to clinicians at point of need, and freeing up high-value storage space for improved patient care.
Here’s a preview of what to expect:
Can Digital Healthcare Providers Transform NHS Contraception Services?
Is there a role for digital healthcare to transform sexual health services like contraception by improving access, and thus reducing the burden on the NHS? Probably, but I suspect with caveats.
In 2017/18 in England, 817,018 women used Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services to access contraception. However, SRH services are declining.
Between 2015 and 2019, almost half of all councils in England will have reduced the number of sites providing contraception services GP services are already under pressure and would be stretched to provide access for the patients now unsupported by local services.
Natika H Halil, Chief Executive of the sexual health charity FPA, highlighted what this shortfall in SRH service provision means to patients and public health: “Contraceptive and sexual health (CASH) services are at a tipping point due to budget cuts, with many struggling to cope. Closures, fragmented services and reduced opening times mean restricted access leaves the public at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.
Getting end of life care right - Listen to this podcast
Having conversations about end of life care can be hard. Once decisions have been made it’s vital that this information is recorded and shared in the right way so that a person can receive the care they want.
Campaigner and former carer Roberta Lovick joins the PRSB with Compassion in Dying nurse Sarah Malik, to talk about their own experiences with end of life care. As well as discussing the difficulties of opening these conversations to begin with, they talk about the challenges of what happens when conversations don’t happen, or information isn’t communicated correctly.