Despite changes NHS still presenting channel opportunities


Despite changes NHS still presenting channel opportunities

Simon Quicke

resellers focusing on the health market should find even greater opportunities as the government starts to get to grips with NHS reforms.

Although the immediate future of the NHS still hangs in the air as the government carries out a review over it proposed changes, which included giving GPs more responsibility for patient data management, but the IT challenges being faced by the health sector will continue to provide business for resellers.

Speaking to MicroScope John Gobron, director at Microsoft Health Solutions, said that the sheer volume of data, the need to retain patient information and the requirement to streamline more services online meant that even with changes to the structure of the NHS there would be a need for technology.

Specifically talking about the position of GPs he said that there were still many using antiquated technology and that segment of the market, along with the traditional Trusts, could widen the health market even further for the channel.

The government had intended rolling out fairly major changes to the health service but after resistance both politically and from workers in the NHS it opted to review its approach. Plans to give greater control of patient data to GPs has already sparked concerns from the security channel that user details could become more vulnerable.

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