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Changing Models of Healthcare Provision in Britain: How Can ICTs Contribute to This Process

Kathy McGrath
Brunel University, United Kingdom

My research in progress is informed by the view that the implementation and use of ICTs is deeply intertwined with changes in organisational structures and practices. Hence the new coalition government‟s proposals to reform the NHS will require the introduction of new information systems and modifications to existing programmes. Already, the Health Secretary has announced that the multi-billion pound NHS IT Programme will be dismantled, but at this stage it is unclear what systems will be required to support the new proposals. My research focuses on what these proposals mean for primary care in the UK, addressing general practitioners (GPs) state of readiness, how they plan to reorganise delivery of their services and the information systems that will need to be in place to do so. At present, a consultation process is underway and early indications are that some GP surgeries will amalgamate and purchase off-the-shelf packages available from the US. Even before the new proposals were announced, a number of software vendors were working on these systems in the background in light of the ongoing debate about the future for the National IT Programme.

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Reference:McGrath, K. (2010). "Changing Models of Healthcare Provision in Britain: How Can ICTs Contribute to This Process," Proceedings > Proceedings of IFIP 8.2/Organizations and Society in Information Systems (OASIS) . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(92). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-92
Keywords:Healthcare modernisation, socio-organisational change, general practitioners, ICT policy
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 92 (2010)
Email: Kathy McGrath (kathy.mcgrath@brunel.ac.uk)

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