If you live in Northern Ireland, the Health & Social Care Board (HSC) is asking for views about its new strategy to improve the use of electronic and digital information within the health and social care system in the province.
The strategy has six objectives:
- Supporting people
- Sharing information
- Using information and analytics
- Supporting change
- Fostering innovation
- Maintaining and improving what we have
Many of the outcomes are tied to concrete objectives, such as giving individuals better access to their own records, and reducing the amount of time health professionals spend entering information into notes. Some of the questions that the HSC would like responses to are as follows:
- how far should the HSC be using eHealth technologies to help people look after their own health and wellbeing? This includes things like websites, mobile apps, online support tools, social media (eg Facebook and Twitter), and personal text or email messages
- how far do you agree that options such as booking appointments, repeat prescriptions, email questions to doctors, texting care professionals and similar services would be useful?
- if a health or care professional uses a computer to support their decision making whilst in a consultation, would that help, hinder or have no effect on the conversation?
- how useful would it be to have access to your eHealth records (ie your electronically held patient records?)
They also ask about your opinion on sharing health information among health professionals, about security of health information and about whether expanding eHealth in Northern Ireland might foster economic development, for instance by encouraging new software companies to develop.
The MS Trust won’t be responding to this consultation but if you live in Northern Ireland and feel strongly about this, please do! There is a paper list of the questions to the consultation at the back of the leaflet, or you can respond to the consultation electronically.
The consultation closes Friday 9 January 2015 at 5pm.