I had a superb time yesterday and thought it was fab to see professionals from every part of the healthcare community. Please do let us know what your favourite part was, and your comments on the various presentatations
Perhaps it is too late on a Friday night to be launching into this but we need measures of effectiveness. In basic terms I am not sure I want to hear too much more from "CCIOs" until I have heard what they promised to deliver over a year against what they actually deliver. Then we can start to judge whether they add value. Let's start to raise the bar.
It was a launch event, but the point is well taken about evidence. We see that as a key challenge for the CCIO Network. For the NHS in particular what areas would you like to see details of evidence on where clinical information leaders add value? Open to suggestions on where we should focus.
I think we will need to do some benchmarking. We need to evaluate what has been delivered in each trust and see how they make progress as time passes. A chief information officer would have to take some responsibility for this. There was an interesting article in the New England Journal of Medicine a couple of years ago benchmarking IT use in US hospitals. www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa0900592
Many people overestimate the achievements of the americans in health care but this might be a useful starting framework for an assessment. I am sure members of the BCS might have ideas as well.
It would also be interesting to see what the CCIOs have promised to deliver in their annual appraisal and how they have actually delivered against them. I'll show you mine after appraisal part II next week!
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