Welcome to the latest issue of Intelligence, the quarterly HSJ supplement dedicated to innovation, information and technology.

In this issue we look at the issues surrounding data security. Following the revelation by HM Revenue and Customs that it had lost the confidential details of child benefit claimants, there has been increased scepticism about big government IT projects (feature p--). We explore how good policies and procedures are only part of the picture when it comes to good information security - a change in culture is also needed to ensure that people know how and why they should be followed.

In her regular column Lyn Whitfield looks at the recently revived push towards ID cards (p--).With the suggestion that this will help cut illegal immigration the NHS is faced with becoming part of the "boarder police" both as an employer and healthcare provider.

Elsewhere we look at a new model to predict the risk of CVD and its impact on the health inequalities agenda( p--).

If you have any comments or ideas for Intelligence email rebecca.allmark@emap.com