People before Technology

The National Audit Office has been pretty scathing about NHS ICT systems. My charge is more serious. The NHS National ICT organisations have over the last 20 years, the current one is called the Health and Social Care Information Centre, failed to put people and patients at the heart of their systems and products.

By focussing on the technical and economic justification for programs and ignoring the requirements of the public, patients and NHS professionals, HSCIC haven been delivering technical and economic solutions. Sometimes this focus leaks out in public. Here is an example spotted on a bus in Chiswick last week.

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It is not hard to put people at the heart of what you do. In the NHS it is easier when you have read the NHS Constitution. By understanding the promises at the heart of the document you have a check list to make sure your ICT ticks off all of the requirements.

More importantly if you don’t take care to meet the needs of the Constitution then Commissioners and auditors are likely to find your delivery inadequate.

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