A recent Accenture doctor survey conducted among 3,700 doctors around the world indicates that English doctors embrace technology usage more and more as common practice in healthcare delivery.
The results show a sharp increase in healthcare IT usage in all eight countries involved in the survey. In England, the study seems to indicate that the foundations for a paperless NHS are already there. However, the road to success does include potential pitfalls that need to be overcome.
Any investment towards a paperless NHS must evaluate and balance the requirements of the “existing NHS reality” against its “future paperless vision:”
Which solutions should remain and which ones should be introduced?
What kind of “paperless” will make a real impact and help clinical staff to provide better health services?
Choosing the right combination of solutions will depend on effective engagement with clinical staff, which will facilitate an understanding (through their eyes) of the barriers to the use of healthcare IT.
This engagement will also facilitate retention of what is already working on the ground. Doctors have the insight needed to help the NHS make the right decisions towards a paperless system.