Welcome to the latest issue of Intelligence, the HSJ supplement on innovation and technology. In this issue we look at 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. We explore how good policies and procedures are only part of the picture when it comes to 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. With the suggestion that this will help cut illegal immigration, the NHS is faced with the possibility of becoming part of the “border police”, both as an employer and healthcare provider.

Elsewhere, we look at a new model to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease and its impact on the health inequalities agenda.

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