In this article, clinical psychologist Lloyd Humphreys sets out how people with drug and alcohol addictions are commonly in contact with a bewildering array of organisations, leading to them receiving a fragmented service. He argues that if the service user is put in control of access to their records, they can share their record and their treatment plans with whoever needs to see them – police, probation, social services or the NHS.
NHS England defines 'technology enabled care services' as the use of telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telcoaching and self-care in providing care for patients with long term conditions that is convenient, accessible and cost-effective. These webpages on the NHS England website provide tools and resources for commissioners and other health and social care professionals on how to commission, procure, implement and evaluate so as to maximise the value of these types of solutions and services.
This website is an example of how health and social care organisations in Leeds are working together to bring together information from all the different information systems so that medical and care information held about a patient or service user can be centralised into one easy-to-use database. It also includes a range of resources that could be tailored for use by organisations who are implementing a similar approach.
This website provides information for patients about accessing their records online, information and resources to help GP practices provide online records access and examples from primary care, secondary care and mental health services of different approaches to providing health records online.
This article describes the potential cost savings of providing effective telehealth care and gives brief examples of different kinds of telehealth being used around the world.