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NHS: Health Informatics

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts as to the role of health informatics in the commissioning cycle. [HL1324]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of health informatics in improving the commissioning capabilities of primary care trusts. [HL1325]

The National Health Service (NHS) operating framework for 2009-10 outlined the need for informatics planning, with board-level ownership and support, to deliver information-enabled service transformation. A copy has already been placed in the Library. An associated document, Informatics Planning for 2009-10, provides further guidance, including a link to supporting tools for chief executives and other key stakeholders. A copy has been placed in the Library. Both documents, published on 8 December 2008, can be accessed from the department's website at PolicyAndGuidance/DH_091445.

The informatics planning guidance is set in the context of the NHS next-stage review report High Quality Care for All, the health informatics review, and the drive to achieve world-class commissioning standards. The Government firmly believe that the achievement of this vision for the NHS relies crucially upon the provision of integrated information across health and social care.