Strategies

eHEALTH STRATEGY 2011-17

The eHealth Strategy 2011-17 sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for eHealth in 2017.

Six new strategic eHealth aims have been developed which will be the focus of all eHealth activity in this period. They are to use information and technology in a coordinated way to:

  • maximise efficient working practices, minimise wasteful variation, bring about measurable savings and ensure value for money;
  • support people to communicate with the NHSS, manage their own health and wellbeing, and to become more active participants in the care and services they receive;
  • contribute to care integration and to support people with long term conditions;
  • improve the availability of appropriate information for healthcare workers and the tools to use and communicate that information effectively to improve quality;
  • improve the safety of people taking medicines and their effective use; and
  • to provide clinical and other local managers across the health and social care spectrum with the timely management informationthey need to inform their decisions on service quality, performance and delivery.

The eHealth Strategy 2011-17 can be accessed at – www.scotland.gov.uk/ehealth-strategy.

Person-centred eHealth Strategy and Delivery Plan – Stage One

The “Person-centred eHealth Strategy and Delivery Plan” is part of the framework of strategic documents that underpin the delivery of the eHealth Strategy 2011-17.

Putting people at the heart of the healthcare process is at the centre of the strategic agenda for healthcare services in Scotland, and this Strategy and Delivery Plan have been developed to specifically addresses the eHealth Strategic aim of: “use information and technology in a coordinated way to support people to communicate with NHS Scotland, manage their own health and wellbeing, and to become more active participants in the care and services they receive.”

The “Person-centred eHealth Strategy and Delivery Plan” has been developed to be incremental. We will continue to engage with those delivering and receiving information and care, consider what works and what doesn’t, ensure activities integrate with other strategies and plans, and take account of the evolving technological and digital environment. An updated version – Stage Two – is  expected to be issued in 2014.

The person strategy can be downloaded by clicking the following link.
Person Centred Strategy.

EHEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS STRATEGIES

These two strategies are part of the framework of strategic documents  that underpin the delivery of the eHealth Strategy 2011-17. They provide direction to  eHealth planners and decision-makers in NHS Scotland.

Whereas the overarching eHealth Strategy 2011-17 is fully outcome focused, the supporting strategies set out principles and approaches that are critical to maintaining focus on the overall aims and objectives of eHealth.

These two strategies share a number of common imperatives such as addressing current financial pressures, supporting the increased need to share information outside existing boundaries and exploiting new technologies while maintaining appropriate control.

The Infrastructure Strategy addresses the impact of these imperatives across the layers of NHS Scotland’s Infrastructure, and the Application Strategy sets out principles and direction for the provision of software solutions and management of the application portfolio across NHS Scotland.  This results in a number of shared themes within the Strategies:

  • Rationalising  – removing unnecessary duplication;
  • Extracting more value – exploiting existing assets;
  • Building flexibility – allowing for easier integration and sharing of information;
  • Choosing strategically – getting the best long-term value from investment.

In addition to setting out principles and strategic guidance the documents contain sets of agreed actions that Boards will need to complete in order to achieve the required objectives.

The eHealth Infrastructure Strategy can be downloaded from – http://www.ehealth.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/documents/Infrastructure-Strategy.pdf

The eHealth Application Strategy can be downloaded from – http://www.ehealth.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/documents/eHealth-Applications-Strategy.pdf

The presention below provides an overview of application categorisation.
Application Categorisation overview

NHSSCOTLAND INFORMATION ASSURANCE STRATEGY

The NHSScotland Information Assurance Strategy sets out the strategic direction for further developing our IA capability and effectively embedding an Information Assurance culture across NHSScotland.  The Strategy reflects a commitment within the eHealth Strategy.

The Information Assurance Strategy can be downloaded from – http://www.ehealth.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/documents/Information-Assurance-Strategy.doc.

eHEALTH FINANCE STRATEGY 2011-17

The eHealth Finance Strategy 2011-17 has similar purposes as its predecessor, openness, explaining the funding of strategy and moves to foster sustainability and affordability. The main aim of the new strategy is to increase the value of eHealth activity to Board objectives and to continue to improve the value for money represented by NHSS spend on IT.

The eHealth Finance Strategy 2011-17 can be downloaded at – http://www.ehealth.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/documents/eHealth-Finance-Strategy-March-2012.pdf.


October 25th, 2012