In recent years, the digital agenda in health care has been the subject of an array of promises and plans but have expectations been set too high? And is there sufficient clarity about the funding available to achieve this vision?. Following on from the Wachter review of health technology, the Kings Fund new briefing assesses the progress made and what needs to happen next.

The report looks at the key commitments made and what we know about progress to date, grouped under three broad themes:

  • interoperable electronic health records
  • patient-focused digital technology
  • secondary use of data, transparency and consent.

It identifies barriers to further progress and opportunities for delivering on the digital agenda.

In a related blog Matthew Honeyman considers whether the most important objective of all – transforming and improving patient care – has been lost in translation.

And an interactive timeline features key milestones in digital health policy from the 1960s to 2016 and beyond.