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Health informatics - Improving patient care by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT

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1 USING IT TO IMPROVE POPULATION HEALTH MANAGEMENT

At the annual conference of the Primary Health Care Specialist Group, Matthew Swindells, Chair, BCS Health, talked about the changes that have been brought in by the recent Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the implications this has for informatics.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 hands commissioning of health services over to ‘clinical commissioning groups’ largely run by GPs. As the Chair of the NHS Commission Board, Malcolm Grant, said: ‘The best clinical commissioning groups will be those with the best information systems.’ There is, therefore, an obligation on those who work in the area of health informatics in general and those in primary care informatics in particular to step ...

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