Feature BMJ Group Improving Health Awards

Making the digital future a reality

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2648 (Published 29 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2648
  1. Jon Hoeksma, editor
  1. 1 eHealth Insider, London, UK
  1. Jon{at}e-health-media.com

Jon Hoeksma looks at the candidates for the Transforming Patient Care Using Technology award

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has committed the National Health Service to becoming paperless by 2018, using the term as shorthand for adopting digital technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare.

It’s a huge challenge, but examples of the future digital health service can already be found in many parts of the country. The four shortlisted entries for the Transforming Patient Care Using Technology category provide a snapshot of what is already being achieved by leading healthcare providers.

Local eye care

The shortlist included the i-van, a general practice led initiative by Saxmundham Health in Suffolk. This set out to shift ophthalmic services into the community, by taking them out on the road in a van equipped to provide a comprehensive assessment in a single appointment. Bringing care closer to home is particularly important for older patients with chronic stable glaucoma, a condition …

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