Background to the publication

This strategy is the Government’s response to the consultation on Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution and to the information report from the independent NHS Future Forum.

It aligns well with European Union (EU) plans to improve electronic information: the EU Digital Agenda for Europe 2010-2020, and the objectives outlined in the voluntary eHealth Network group of article 14 of the cross border directive.

The strategy builds on the intention of Healthy Lives Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England to “harness the information revolution to make the best use of evidence and evaluation and support innovative approaches to behaviour change throughout society”.

It responds to themes raised through the Caring for our future engagement about the power of information to drive more integrated care – within and between organisations, and across the health and social care sector as a whole.

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