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On March 19, 2013

IMS MAXIMS has worked with tech UK, the UK’s technology association, to publish a response to the health secretary’s ambitious plans to have a paperless NHS by 2018.

The vision to have a digital NHS has generated considerable debate about ambition, pace, capacity, capability, affordability and general ability to be able to achieve the goals.

The response ‘Digitising the NHS by 2018’ outlines how Intellect members “absolutely believe this is achievable but will require a very different way of thinking and acting, for users, buyers and suppliers of health and care solutions and services.”

Paul Cooper, director of R&D for IMS MAXIMS and member of tech UK’s Health and Social Care Council who contributed to the paper said: “The government has put a number of milestones in place to ensure that the NHS becomes digital by 2018, however, there has been little substance around how both suppliers and NHS can work together to achieve this.

The response assesses why a paperless NHS matters, what a paperless NHS means, what is currently in existence to support the challenge and what needs to be put in place to enable the vision to be realised.

Cooper added: “IMS MAXIMS believes that a paperless NHS needs to be based around a true electronic patient record that begins right at the patients’ bedside through to discharge and beyond. Intellect’s response provides a view of initiatives that we should be working on now and in the future to ensure we embark on this journey from an educational, cultural and technical perspective.”

  • By Natalie Chishick   
  • NHS, Paul Cooper

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