“The tech-revolution is coming to the NHS.” These were the words of Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, as he unveiled his vision for evolving the NHS into the most advanced health and care system in the world.
A recent policy paper ‘the future of healthcare’, proposes a new architecture for the NHS utilising modern technology and a set of clear guiding principles to develop an environment where GPs, care homes, pharmacies and community care facilities can quickly and confidentially communicate with each other.
The paper follows comments from Mr. Hancock at September’s NHS Expo, where he warned that the current IT systems used in some NHS trusts are “downright dangerous”.
The vision presents plans to introduce minimum technical standards that NHS digital services and IT systems have to meet, phasing out systems that fail these standards. It proposes empowering clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and trusts to be able to buy the best tools available to meet their needs and expresseses a desire to create organisations that “continue to evolve, improve and innovate with the best technologists and disruptors.”
Investing in modern technologies is essential for the NHS to continue to advance patient care and reduce costs. At medCrowd, we welcome the drive towards encouraging technological innovation in health and care. We believe that this vision is an important step towards evolving the NHS into an advanced, modern health and care system.
Unlocking the potential of innovations such as our own compliant instant messaging technology, the NHS can improve not only the working environment for health and care staff but also the standard of care delivered to patients.
Dr. Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care at NHS England said “Investing in excellent digital systems means patients can access the best and safest treatment pathways available, as swiftly as possible at the best value for taxpayers.”
We believe that a clear political vision is exactly what is needed to kick start the NHS’s digital evolution. We look forward to seeing what comes next and will continue to help the NHS in becoming the most advanced health and care system in the world.