Politicians do love a big plan. Jeremy Hunt, England’s newish health secretary, can’t launch a big plan for the entire NHS, because it’s still working through the massive re-organisation that his predecessor, Andrew Lansley, unleashed upon it. So he’s done the next best thing and launched a big plan for its IT.
Specifically, he told the Policy Exchange think-tank that he wanted to see a “paperless” NHS by 2018; or perhaps one using electronic records and communicaitons by then. There’s an account of his speech and some of the issues it raises here (written by me for eHealth Insider).