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Friday, December 08, 2006

Digital healthcare: the impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare

Digital healthcare: the impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare

The influential Royal Society has today published it's long awaited report into "The impact of information and communication technologies on healthcare."

I'm still making my way through its 59 pages but it does seem to provide an interesting contribution to current and future debates.

A few of their comments and recommendations jumped out at me as being particularly significant and useful:

"The single most important factor in realising the potential of healthcare ICTs is the people who use them. The end
users of any new technology must be involved at all stages of the design, development and implementation,
taking into account how people work together and how patients, carers and healthcare professionals interact.
"

"We recommend that the higher education institutions and professional bodies responsible for the different disciplines adapt their curricula to integrate the use and understanding of healthcare ICTs into the basic training and continuing professional development of healthcare professionals."

A long with various recomendations about implementations and research needed to underpin future developments.

For further commentary see:
EHI Existing ICT underused, Royal Society finds

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