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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

FierceHealth IT VA to exchange health IT ideas with U.K.'s NHS

The U.S. Veterans Health Administration and the U.K.'s National Health Service have agreed to a collaboration in which each will exchange health IT knowledge and leadership ideas with one another over the course of three years, according to a new report that launches the effort published by U.K. think tank 2020health.

The aim of the collaboration, according to 2020health founder and CEO Julia Manning, is to trigger both mainstream digital health efforts in the U.K. and specialized telehealth services in the VHA.

In a foreword for the report, Adam Darkins, chief consultant for telehealth services at the VHA's Office of Patient Care Services, calls VHA and NHS "uniquely placed to develop and refine new models of care" that can take advantage of the latest technologies in healthcare. "'Early adopters' of telehealth are still in relatively short supply," he says. "[A]nd initiatives that exchange learning, enthusiasm and expertise about telehealth between health systems promulgate learning, and hasten the development of services that provide the right care in the right place at the right time."