Within an aligned informatics strategic framework - implement ‘pathway based’ technologies that; supports and informs clinical decision making; enables care closer to home; facilitates, flexible mobile working; and reduces demand on hospital services.
We lead, support and assure the use of health informatics to improve the wellbeing of people being cared for in the north east. Our aim is to introduce technology that improves the quality of care and treatment, the experience of patients and makes the best use of NHS resources.
Health informatics is important in delivering some of the key objectives in our three regional strategies; Better health, fairer health, Our vision, our future; and Safer care north east.
In the north east, we are committed to being the region of ‘excellence’ for health informatics engagement, innovation and delivery. We want to make best use of technology to always make sure that patients across the north east can be sure of our commitment to manage with care the information they share with us.
We work closely with the four local health communities in the north east to deliver their plans for health informatics by providing them with strategic direction and assurance. The local health communities in the north east cover the following areas:
• Durham and Darlington
• North of Tyne
• South of Tyne and Wear
Our objectives for health informatics are to deliver robust, integrated and collaborative information systems and to support people operating those systems. We will support local health communities to introduce the right technical infrastructure and information governance procedures. Our emphasis is on developing health informatics which meets our needs now and in the future.
We also work closely with colleagues in other strategic health authorities and the Department of Health to deliver on health informatics technologies being made available under the National Programme for IT (NPfIT). The national programme is an essential element in delivering the NHS plan and will improve patient care by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of clinicians and other NHS staff.