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NHS Future Forum report on Information Strategy

17 January 2012

The NHS Future Forum has given its second set of reports to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in which it sets out a series of recommendations to improve the quality of patient care and achieve better outcomes. The government has responded to the Future Forum and accepted its recommendations.

Future Forum Chair Professor Steve Field said: "The NHS must move to using its IT systems to share data about individual patients and service users electronically and develop a consent model that facilitates this in the interests of high quality care. How this is achieved should be for individual providers to decide, but with common goals and standards...There should be a clear contractual requirement that all organisations delivering care in the NHS or in adult and child social care have systems that allow full electronic data sharing against set standards." 

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