Harnessing the Information Revolution

In its drive to deliver the highest quality of care for patients, our information technology and informatics agenda is directed at enabling commissioners, providers and suppliers to make informed decisions about the investments and approaches to adopt technologies that will best support this outcome.

Frontline clinicians leading this change look to innovation to optimise service provision, support joined up services and help make the NHS easier to do business with.

With guidelines set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View, the overarching objective of harnessing the information revolution is to make the NHS paperless by 2020. This vision is encompassed in the National Information Board’s Personalised Health and Care 2020 Framework, of which NHS England is a key stakeholder and contributor.

Headed up by Beverley Bryant, Digital Technology is responsible for realising the digital information needs of the NHS, as well as stimulating the development of innovative technologies and information services to benefit patients, clinicians and the public.

As part of a collaboration between NHS England and the US Department of Health and Human Services, a joint report on international success factors for adoption and use of digital health in the US and NHS England was released in February 2016.

Key deliverables within Digital Technology include:

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To transform the patient experience and to enable citizens to make the right health and care choices.


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To give care professionals all the information they need to make the best decisions for their patients.


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Information sharing and transparency
To help patients, health professionals and commissioners to improve services and patient outcomes.


System leadership: The National Information Board

System leadership: The National Information Board
To bring together the NHS with local government, clinical leaders, and civil society to oversee the delivery of core information priorities.