Independent review of NHS IT21st August 2008
The Conservative Party has commissioned an independent review of NHS IT policy.
Intended to inform future government policy for the use of IT in the NHS, health and social care in England, the review is to be carried out under the auspices of the British Computer Society.
The Tories want it to establish a vision for IT in the NHS and inform the policy actions the current and any future government should take.
It will be chaired by Dr Glyn Hayes, the former chair of the BCS Health Informatics Forum, and report to Conservative shadow health minister Stephen O'Brien.
Dr Hayes said the review will focus on developing a "pragmatic blueprint" to get as much benefit as possible from IT in health and social care and will be totally independent.
He added: "The review will be published as an independent review and then it will be for the Conservative party to decide whether to adopt some or all of the policy recommendations."
The origins of the review can be traced to the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee examination of the national IT programme, which indicated that something of this scale was necessary.
However, it will not cover ground looked at under the recent Health Informatics Review for the Department of Health.
The review will be carried out within the next few weeks with written evidence submitted by the end of September, oral hearing held in the two months after that with a first draft ready by December and final reports published next March.
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