Finding the Answers: Health & Social Care Information for Consumers
On 5th July we celebrated Health Information Week 2017 #HIW2017 with an event which showcased health and social care information services across East Riding.
Health Information Week is a multi-sector campaign which aims to promote the good quality information resources that are available to the public and to encourage partnership working across sectors.
See further information about this campaign at:
On the day members of the public and staff from over 14 health, social care, local authority services, voluntary and community organisations attended.
Presentations and networking provided the opportunity to learn more about the wealth of information resources, including new initiatives, across the county.
Why Do We Need Good Information?
Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire’s Information Service helps individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information.
This enables them to promote and maintain good health and make the best use of local services and support.
There are many moral, legal and financial reasons why information is important to the health of the population. Arguably the most compelling in the current financial climate is the need to deliver more for less.
A recent European Steering Group1 examined the problem of how to sustain healthcare across Europe. The report recommends positive actions including ‘fostering empowerment’.
1 European Steering Group Acting Together: A Road Map for Sustainable Healthcare, ESG, 2017.
The full version of the European White paper can be downloaded on: www.roadmap4healthcare.eu
The report argues that ‘information sharing, alongside investment in education, helps individuals to better understand their health condition and …participate in the decision-making process to plan and manage their own healthcare plans, which will result in better outcomes.’
Highlights of the day plus presentations can be dowloaded below