New politics, new healthcare: Can the web help patients and clinicians transform the NHS?
The Government's recent NHS White Paper, Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, sets out a long-term vision for the future of the NHS. At the heart of the proposed reforms is a greater focus on patient outcomes and empowering clinicians to innovate and improve healthcare services.
The critical elements in achieving this are enabling new forms of patient and public involvement in healthcare through the web and providing doctors and nurses with the information they need to make the right clinical decisions.
During this year's political party conferences the British Society of Gastroenterology is holding a fringe debate in partnership with Patient Opinion at each of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative gatherings.
The events will explore how improved access to patient feedback can dramatically improve quality of care, enable a greater public stake in the NHS, make better use of NHS resources and ultimately improve patient outcomes. These are panel based discussions with health spokespeople from each of the political parties.
At the Conservative Party conference we are pleased to be partnering with GS1 UK, an independent global data standards and solutions organisation.