Transforming our health service requires CCGs to have the right tools
Digital Health Last year we launched a report setting out what our members – 90% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – told us they need to achieve the best healthcare for their local populations. Key among these were tools to support intelligent commissioning.
CCGs are making decisions with huge implications and require modern technology to allow them to get on with the job. In the Five Year Forward View, NHS England promises to exploit the information revolution; CCGs need to be among the beneficiaries.
Commissioners need access to information - while doctors above all understand confidentiality is vital, patient privacy can be protected while still sharing key information with CCGs. Currently they can feel they are working in the dark, planning essential services without necessary data.
For CCGs to go further it is critical they are given the right tools to support them
CCGs also need seamless IT and the technical ability to enable them to work across health and social care; a compatible IT system that follows patients as they move between GPs, care workers, nurses, and others. This must be a government priority if integration of health and social care, with a person centred system, is our ambition.
CCGs are making a positive difference to the health of their local patients and populations – to go further it is critical they are given the right tools to support them.