NHS England and LOCSU launch IT survey

Data from the optical sector to be used for NHS England Connectivity Programme

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A joint initiative between NHS England and the Local Optical Support Unit (LOCSU) has been launched to gather information from across the optical sector about the type of equipment currently in use and the level of engagement practices currently have with electronic referrals.

The results will feed into a proposal that NHS England will be submitting to launch a ‘national connectivity solution,’ with plans to launch a phased roll out across the country from April 2020.

Programme manager of optical services commissioning at NHS England and NHS Improvement, Richard Everitt, told OT: “Some readers will have received a questionnaire via their LOC contacts from NHS England. This is a short survey to assess the IT landscape across the optical sector – primarily to understand what equipment is being used.”

Mr Everitt explained: “If the proposal is approved, the optical sector would finally have access to a digital platform for patient referrals, and could mark the end of the fax machine. If it has landed on your desk, please take a few moments to complete this questionnaire. The more data NHS England can gather, the stronger the case they can make.”

Questions in the survey include what operating system the practice computer currently runs on, and whether the practice has a broadband connection to access online information or services.

Practices that have been contacted by NHS England through their LOC have been asked to complete and return the questionnaire to LOCSU by Friday 28 February by email.

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