Our workshop on Electronic Health Records at the end of last month was very successful. All participants engaged enthusiastically in debating the benefits and problems of Electronic Health Records and we learned a lot from these discussions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for sharing their experience and insights. This workshop has generated a wealth of ideas and interesting contradictions to explore further in our focus groups with patients, carers, parents and members of the public.
For now, we would like to open up this discussion to an online audience:
What do you think about the opportunities and challenges of ‘cradle to grave’ Electronic Health Records?
How would you prefer your health information to be accessed and shared in the NHS?
Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We are grateful to two of our participants who agreed to kick-start this discussion by summarising their own views in a short video interview taken after the workshop. Please also see below to find out more about them in the introductions they provided us.
Dr Cecily Morrison joined Imperial College London in 2012 as the Teaching Fellow in eHealth to lead the development of a new masters course in this area at the School of Public Health. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science) from the University of Cambridge and has carried out a range of research into the uses of clinical information systems in critical care. Topics span the effect of clinical information systems on multidisciplinary interaction to understanding the way units use their systems for innovation and audit.
Mr Sudhir Shah is a carer and also patient (like all of us). He has been involved with various carer forums, i.e. Harrow Carers group and Carers UK, and is also a member of Central North West London Trust (CNWL) for mental health. In the last 2 years he has participated in NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London projects (AQIP – Antibiotic Quality Improvement) and workshops (“The Effective Patient and Community Representative”). Previously he worked in the telecommunications and IT sector.