Report Structure
The following report structure is recommended but you are welcome to improve on it:
Executive Summary (1 page)
Briefly summarise your assessment of the organisation its current situation the analysis that you have conducted your conclusions and your recommendations.
Business Drivers
Describe the business context of the organisation its size scope purpose environment strategic direction and the challenges you believe it faces.
Current Informatics Systems
Describe the nature and state of the current information systems in use in the organisation. Your description should include a current IS Application Architecture diagram an IS Application Portfolio Matrix of the current systems and a summary of the IS/IT resources available.
Strategic Analysis
Describe the method you have applied the information sources you have used and any assumptions you have made (describe and justify these). Use at least five of the strategy tools that you have learned about to help you formulate the Informatics Strategy for your organisation. Reference these tools and explain why you selected them. Make sure you draw effective strategic conclusions from your analysis.
( use the five of the strategy tools that in IS Strategy Toolkit file as below:Tool 1 SWOT
Tool 2 PEST Analysis
Tool 7 Porters Five Forces Model
Tool 13 Benefit Level Matrix
Tool 14 Critical Success FactorsRecommendations
Summarise your investigation with a series of recommendations for a successful Informatics Strategy for your organisation. Your recommendation should include a proposed future IS Application Portfolio Matrix and proposed IS Application Architecture diagram and a description of how you would move from the current situation to your proposed future solution. Your recommendations should be justified by the results of your IS strategy formulation and qualified by the assumptions you have made. Care must be taken to align the informatics strategy to what you know or assume about the business strategy. You should explain how your proposal delivers sustainable competitive advantage.

Assessment Criteria
Your assignment should demonstrate that you can:Apply a range of Informatics Strategy tools to a health informatics context.
Work at a strategic level to explain business and technical issues and opportunities and challenges
Critically evaluate strategic options.
Demonstrate an ability to both understand and work within healthcare domains in the context of information systems strategy.
Your report should:Be logically structured with a coherent argument
Use evidence from a range of sources to support your discussion
Use good English
Include accurate and consistent referencing
Use correct spelling and punctuation.
Word Count: 3000 words (excluding tables graphs appendices and references)

Guidance for Choosing a Health Care Organisation

You are not limited to an NHS organisation or a UK health care provider but you should be careful to make sure that you can access sufficient information about the organisation its current operations its organisational strategy and information about its IM&T. Smaller organisations can be easier to do than larger organisations.
Some suggested organisations that you might like to investigate.

Sefton Primary Care Trust www.seftonpct.nhs.uk
NHS Lambeth www.lambethpct.nhs.uk
London Ambulance Service www.londonambulance.nhs.uk
East of England Ambulance service www.eastamb.nhs.uk
NHS Norfolk www.norfolk.nhs.uk
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust www.enherts-tr.nhs.uk
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust www.northumbria.nhs.uk
NHS Bolton www.bolton.nhs.uk
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust www.ctc.nhs.uk
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust www.enherts-tr.nhs.uk
NHS South Gloucestershire www.sglos-pct.nhs.uk
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust www.ipswichhospital.nhs.uk
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust www.secamb.nhs.uk
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust www.suht.nhs.uk
NHS Tayside

www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

Finding the IM&T Strategy
Different organisations refer to health informatics in different ways. To find the IM&T strategy
Google: site:.nhs.uk IM&T Strategy
Or site:.nhs.uk eHealth Strategy
Or site:.nhs.uk informatics board papers

Finding the Organisations Strategy
Many trusts publish their board papers with their business strategy and annual reports. The best way to find these is usually from the main menu of the Trust Web site look for about us or governance then look for board minutes or similar. The alternative is to Google within the site as above.
Lateral Thinking
Theres plenty of scope for lateral thinking in your investigation. You should be able to make a good guess at what systems the organisation must have (whether they are paper based or computerised). Knowing that you can Google their site for for example PACS to see what they say about it you might find a web page that says it is good or still not working. Pick up on key words that are relatively unusual if for example the Informatics Director has the unusual name of Snodgrass then Googling the site for Snodgrass might find minutes of meetings where she has been seriously criticised or praised for project failures or successes. Always be careful to look at dates though a failed project in 2006 might well be successful by now.