Hats off to eHealth Insider for an item about the Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme based on a conference presentation and an interview with George MacGinnis who, as a consultant with PA Consulting working on the NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CFH) programme (part of the Department of Health Informatics Directorate) knows the WSD from a number of intimate perspectives.
George confirms that the research protocol that prevented patients from being ‘encouraged’ to join the research meant that many opted not to. [This may mean that when the research results are published, if the interventions reveal the benefits they are expected to, then a ‘real life’ implementation which sells potential patients on the benefits of cooperating could multiply the cost effectiveness. Ed Steve] Watch the video embedded in the article too. George’s final comment is revealing: “…decisions made on systems today will define what people are using in 5 years’ time…if you’ve got the wrong platform – if your supplier isn’t up to broadening the scope, of introducing interoperability and integration with other devices – then you may find yourself taking one step and one step only.” eHealth Insider WSD sites enrol just one patient in ten.