Diversity, Equality, Impact Assessments & eHealth

Just off to a session tomorrow with folk on ‘what sort of Impact Assessment?’ should be applied to eHealth, re E&D. Hope to avoid begging too many questions – there’s always the risk of taking the question too literally and diving straight to forms design. There’s a good deal to clarify first, including:

what is eHealth? In the NHSScotland context this might include:

  • A strategy – which might or might not be equality-promoting, in terms of its assumptions, discussions, recommendations?

  • A varied set of IM&T programmes (which have lifecycles and are at various points or milestones on these)?

  • A set of teams (e.g. SEHD, Deloitte’s, NISG, ISD, Health Boards, others e.g. ATOS)?

  • A set of Governance arrangements (e.g. Committees, sub-committees, groups of various kinds, all of which are inhabited by people and which work in particular ways)?

where’s Equality & Diversity at? For example:

Only once we’ve got a little clarity on these points is it sensible to look at what ‘Impact’ is, how best to assess it, and when?

We have a starting point – (see attached file) the NSS Impact Assessment Checklist (IAC) as revised using the one from SAMH – thanks to Charlie McMillan of SAMH for sharing his draft checklist, with its equal treatment of positive and negative impacts. But there’ll be a fair bit to work on…



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