Mohammad Al-Ubaydli’s blog

“IT Training Pays Off for NHS”

Posted in Medicine, Technology by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on August 1, 2005

Equipping staff with IT skills pays for itself, says report. Basic IT courses for NHS staff save the health service more than the cost of the training within the space of just one year, research claims.

One of the biggest barriers to the NHS Connecting for Health IT program is the IT illiteracy in the NHS: even if wonderful computer hardware and software is deployed wonderfully, staff are usually incapable of using it. The problem is worse because the clinicians often do not believe that learning to use the technology is a good use of their time.

This report is a useful counter-argument – not a rigorously powerful one, but still useful.

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