Article: North Cumbria Integrated Care chooses Better solution for e-prescribing

Open Governance, Open Health, Procedures (Medical), Standards

North Cumbria Integrated Care chooses Better solution for e-prescribing

The platform will be operational across the trust’s acute and community hospitals and will be implemented in partnership with CGI. The Better Meds solution will support the immediate integration of the trust’s existing decision support systems as well as its pharmacy and Omnicell automated dispensing cabinets.

The solution is built on an openEHR platform to allow further integration with new systems in the future. It marks the next step in the trust’s ambition to move away from paper-based systems towards a central EPR model, intended to improve the delivery of hospital and community health services to more than half a million people.

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Article: Should all healthcare be free?

Cures, Open Health, Procedures (Medical)

Should all healthcare be free?

According to this article from, free healthcare provides a sense of safety to the residents of a country. People can access life-saving care that they require without the need to pay for their treatment after recovery. However, allowing all patients to access all healthcare is somewhat unviable and, therefore, a balance between health equity and health efficiency must be found.

Since its introduction in 1948, the National Health Service (NHS) has provided healthcare to the British public. Whilst this service is not technically without cost, as the money spent on the service derives from the general public’s taxes, it is free at the point of delivery. Now, over half of the countries all over the world offer some form of free, universal healthcare.

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