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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

OpenHealth News NHS & VHA: Transatlantic Exchange of Ideas and 'Lessons Learned' on Adoption of Health IT Solutions

Britain's 2020Health.Org has just released a major report outlining how the United Kingdom can transform its healthcare system by enhancing its existing collaboration effort with the U.S. Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) and by sharing technology, knowledge and lessons learned on the effective use of Telehealth, personal health records (PHR), and the open source VistA EHR system. The 92-page report is entitled "Making connections - A transatlantic exchange to support the adoption of digital health between the US VHA and England’s NHS." The well-written and documented report lays out step by step how Britain's National Health System (NHS) can create a digital revolution that can significantly enhance its ability to provide health care.

The report lays out how Britain's Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, can achieve his vision of a 'paperless' National Health Service (NHS) by 2018. Hunt's announcement was intended to reflect the government’s dedication to ensuring that information technology (IT) continues to become a core part of the future of the NHS. Hunt believes that that health IT could help the NHS tackle some of the major challenges it faces, like containing costs and caring for an aging British population.