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eHealth: Current Work

E-quipped for care

The RCN hosted two Digital Summits in 2015 bringing together colleagues representing nursing from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the nursing informatics community, the RCN’s eHealth Forum and Nursing Department. The Summits were designed with the aim of developing a shared purpose for the nursing contribution to the digital health agenda. The invitees identified an audacious goal that by 2020 all UK nurses will be “e-nurses” – a nursing workforce alert to the possibilities offered by a rapidly changing digital environment and confident in their ability to influence this at all levels. We identified leadership as a critical primary driver to this goal and change ideas to make this happen including: the E-Quipped for Care Framework – a description of the expected digital capabilities required for digitally enabled care and a campaign based on the agreed expectations.

Personalised Health and Care 2020 

The National Information Board in England is taking forward a programme of work under the banner of ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ which has the overall aim of using data and technology to transform outcomes for patients and citizens.

Workstream 1.2 of this programme is focusing on providing citizens with access to an assessed set of NHS and social care ‘apps’ and there is a team consisting of NICE, PHE and HSCIC who are developing the app assessment proposals on behalf of the NIB.  

The approach was last summarised in the ‘Workstream 1.2. roadmap’ document available here.

The RCN is working with NICE on developing a framework/process for assessing and endorsing apps. There are various elements to the proposed framework including a self-assessment questionnaire (currently being developed and piloted) for use by app developers, producing guidelines on evaluation and impact assessment methods and exploring the use of crowdsourcing methods to gain feedback about apps from a wide range of stakeholders.
The RCN is currently surveying the membership as nurses are a key stakeholder group that has not currently been engaged in the research around app usage as part of clinical practice.  The survey is available online here. The deadline to complete the survey is 5 August 2016.