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Introduction

Control of a £6bn integrated health and social care budget for Greater Manchester will be handed over to the devolved Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in 2016. This has important ramifications for IT.

Highlights

  • The move is designed to improve the co-ordination, quality, and efficiency of care, particularly for people with complex needs – those with chronic conditions and the elderly. But although there is a consensus on the challenges ahead in ensuring workable governance, management, and implementation, opinion remains divided over whether Manchester will end up being a risky experiment in integrated care devolution or blaze a trail for other regions to follow.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains the implications of a combined and devolved integrated health and social care budget for IT and evaluates whether the move will be successful.
  • Evaluate the impact of the move on existing IT projects and potential future developments.

Key questions answered

  • What does the devolution of the £6bn budget entail and what does it signify for healthcare stakeholders?
  • What are the implications for data usage and IT?
  • Who could benefit from this move?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Manchester provides a strong base for devolved decision-making and integrated care
  • Success will require strong and inclusive clinical informatics and IT ecosystems

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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