How can directors of informatics support people driven digital? #NYHDFpeople

How can directors of informatics support people driven digital? #NYHDFpeople


How can NHS directors of informatics support and enable people driven digital innovation? This is a question Sue Sibbald and I will be speaking to when we present to the Northern, Yorkshire and Humberside Directors of Informatics Forum this Friday.

In our work at mHabitat we have found the top five practical barriers to digital innovation that fall within the domain of informatics directors are:

  • Staff equipped with mobile devices
  • Sufficient bandwidth to access the web
  • Public wifi in all health and care settings
  • A permissive approach to social media (not blocking channels such as YouTube)
  • Access to online patient held records and interoperability with third party apps.

The other big barrier we have found is the variable confidence of health and care staff to make use of digital tools and the Internet in their day to day front line work and professional development – the above list will provide the right backdrop but culture and confidence is mostly an organisational development issue.

Here is our draft presentation which features feedback from #PdDigital15:

Sue and I are keen to crowdsource your priorities for directors of informatics in enabling people driven digital. Whether you’re someone who accesses health and care services, a practitioner, or simply someone with an interest in the topic, we’d love to hear your views. Please comment on this blog or tweet us using the hashtag #NYHDIFpeopleWe’ll adapt our presentation to incorporate your feedback 🙂

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  1. Explaining when things go wrong and/or why things won’t work – without blaming the end user, and without passing the buck.

    Most staff aren’t IT expert/literate and need support to understand things.

    • Thank you Derek and I completely agree 🙂


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