The Health Informatics Unit has a new programme of work to develop and promote consensus-based standards for new information and communication technologies.
What we are doing
New technologies, such as mobile applications, telehealth and social media are increasingly being used by both patients and clinicians. They offer great potential in improving patient care but vary greatly in quality and effectiveness and there is no published criteria by which to assess them. Governance of new technologies is also under-developed and codes of practice for their use by clinicians need to be developed if they are to be adopted widely and used safely in healthcare delivery.