NHS commissioners have been told to step up work on informatics as part of a renewed drive to boost information use in service redesign.

In a document published alongside the operating framework, the Department of Health has told NHS organisations to "refresh and re-focus" their plans for local informatics systems.

They are to ensure providers are "fully engaged and committed to delivering the relevant outcomes and outputs, reinforced through service contracts where appropriate".

Primary care trusts told HSJ in July that data problems were dogging their efforts to progress in world class commissioning.

IT expectations

The DH has issued an informatics "national expectations" list telling commissioners, providers and strategic health authorities to "exploit" the solutions available under the national programme for IT.

PCTs must develop new local health community plans - to be checked by SHAs - and include informatics requirements in all major service change plans.

The document says changes must be "information led rather than systems led" - to aid implementation of regional Darzi visions, the next stage review and local plans.

PCTs have also been told local health community plans should include a timeline for implementing the summary care record, which will also be agreed with SHAs.