Adler-Milstein advises UK government on healthcare IT

UMSI associate professor Julia Adler-Milstein has joined a new government advisory committee examining ways to improve and further implement IT in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS).

Julia Adler-Milstein

The National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England will look at situations in which IT has worked well and places in which it needs improvement in the NHS, the state-funded health system there. The group’s work is part of an effort by the NHS to go paperless by 2020.

Adler-Milstein has won recognition for her work on issues of policy and management related to IT use in the delivery of healthcare and also served on a recent US federal task force on barriers to information exchange within the healthcare sector. 

She said she’s excited about serving on the UK advisory committee. “It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity to leverage what we’ve learned from the US experience and chart a course forward for the UK,” she said.

The NHS is one of the world’s largest healthcare systems, serving nearly 54 million people in England alone, as well as one of the world’s largest employers, with more than 1.6 million people on payroll.

“While their health system has some key structural differences from the US, at the end of the day, all patients want the same thing: for their doctors to use IT in a way that ensures high-quality care without detracting from the doctor-patient relationship,” Adler-Milstein said.

The review is underway, and the committee will report its findings to the government in June.

Posted on February 10, 2016