Health Minister Simon Burns to oversee NHS IT

Simon Burns returned to the Department of Health last week having previously served there in 1996-7 and then as a shadow for five years as well as time on the Health Select Committee. So he comes with insight and experience that will be sorely needed as the new team grasp the nettle of how to transform the NHS IT ‘project’. It cannot simply be ‘scrapped’, nor should what IT can deliver in efficiencies and communications leading to improved patient care. As reviewers of our Fixing NHS IT report said:

“Using IT properly can have huge benefits for patients and the NHS. We need an approach which helps the NHS us IT more productively to improve patient care……. whoever takes NHS IT forward should not ignore this report!”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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