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IT considerations


National, regional and local priorities will strongly influence an organisation’s willingness and ability to support and fund initiatives. Developments shown to further existing agendas are more likely to succeed.

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National priorities

  • Cost savings and greater efficiency.
  • Bringing care closer to home.
  • ‘Seamless’ patient pathways across different providers.
  • Rationalisation of estate.
  • Paperless patient records.
  • Patient access to health records.

Regional priorities

  • STPs to create sustainable services.
  • Local digital roadmaps to facilitate STPs and aid digitisation of the NHS.

Organisational priorities

  • Vision and strategy for the whole organisation – networked care model needs to fit in.
  • IT strategy – needs to describe systems and services required to support the model.
  • Impact of new model on existing plans, for instance procurement of new clinical system.
  • Estate changes.

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