Driving Interoperability and Data Sharing: A View from the CCIO of NHS Cumbria

Dr. William Lumb who is CCIO for NHS Cumbria and GP for three days a week, speaks to the Healthcare IT Exchange about the current projects he is working on and his key responsibilities in his role as CCIO.

William describes their strategy for interoperability and what stage they have reached: for example, for 98% of patients in Cumbria, a meaningful extract of their GP records is available to them out of hours, so this project is complete. Now they are using the same technology to move this to other areas. He also explains why he faces challenges in the areas of politics, the reorganisation of the NHS and getting the clinicians to understand that the data should be shared. William moves on to share his insights into IT security issues they face.

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