Welcome to the Health Northern Specialist Group of the British Computer Society. The Group aims to promote the theory and practice of using IT responsibly in health care. We organise regular meetings at which guest speakers and local practitioners share their experiences of informatics within the context of health care. The catchment area for the Group is all points north of Watford and anyone with an interest in any aspect of information technology allied to health care is warmly invited to join the Group.

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Last meeting: Thursday 30th June 2016

Can the NHS survive with externally controlled and digitally excluded patients?

Dr Richard Fitton, GP, Tameside & Glossop

Dr Richard Fitton passionately believes that providing patients with online access will both improve patient care and reduce clinical risk leading to better clinical outcomes. During his fascinating and innovative Presentation he will draw on a series of real life examples to demonstrate, through tangible evidence, why he believes that. He will show clips of consultations in which he, and the patient, sit together viewing their Health Record in partnership to help them navigate through their Records and explore the implications of their contents. He will also show clips of patients contributing their own health data to the record. This is very much in line with the aims of the NHS in England, as set out in “Personalised health and care 2020: a framework for action” (2014) which states that “From March 2018 all individuals will be able to record their own comments and preferences on their Care Record… All Patient and Care Records will be digital, real-time and interoperable by 2020”. See, hear and discuss how this is working in practice. This talk should be of interest to all health and care stakeholders: Patients, Citizens, Staff, System Users, and System Providers alike, and one to which you are most welcome.

The Speaker
Dr Richard Fitton is a practicing GP from Tameside and Glossop who has a long track-record of promoting patient access to their EHRs. In 1996 he built a ground-breaking patient-centred Medical Centre, and in 2001 initiated one of the very first Projects to give patients access to their EHRs. Nationally he has been an active member of several national Working Groups to promote patient access (including the DoH “Copying letters to patients”, National Care Records Group, the Wellcome Trust, GMC Working Party, and from 2012 the RCGP & DOH Working Group). Internationally he has also worked with UNESCO, WHO, Wellmed, and the International Council of Medical Compunetics.

Manchester Conference Centre and Pendulum Hotel
Sackville Street M1 3BB
Parking: Please use metered parking bays or Charles Street multi-storey car park @ £2.00 from 4.00pm to midnight
Refreshments from 6:15 pm, Talk 7:00 pm

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