This group's objective is to advance the understanding and use of informatics to promote health, with an express purpose to provide a forum for the discussion and promotion of the use of information systems in all areas of healthcare and health administration.
Members are drawn from all health disciplines and professions both inside and outside the NHS. This diversity of people each with a common objective provides the group with a collective ability to comment, steer and direct irrespective of personal affiliations. Thus the Committee is sometimes sought by the media to provide independent observation on health IT issues where personal affiliations would prevent comment.
The theme for meetings for 2012 is 'direct access to our patient records'. This is part of general trend towards personalisation of public service provision, empowerment of patients and this is the declared intention of the UK Government.