Gov't sees new tech as key to NHS success

Leslie Hanson
September 9, 2018

We need to make the most of that money.

"For years we've spoken about the importance of national interoperability standards, meaning systems which can talk to each other, but I still saw staff resorting to pen and paper because their own networks simply couldn't communicate". "The social care system is not at all integrated, when its integration is vital", he added. GPs, social care, pharmacies and community care are on different systems.

He said: "Now is the moment to put failures of the past behind us, and set our sights on the NHS being the most cutting-edge system in the world for the use of technology to improve our health, make our lives easier, and make money go further, harnessing the awesome explosion of innovation that the connection of billions of minds through digital technology has brought this world".

The former digital, culture, media and sport secretary has also earmarked £200m to extend the capability of NHS Digital, which will help to do away with big service contracts and implementing in-house teams that are "smarter" at contracting. It's good, because it works. But evidence needn't be expensive: we must also use the power of data, and software, to make it easier for innovators to assess the impact of their tools on real-world outcomes, in real-world data. By adopting new technology that works, while swiftly disinvesting from those tools and processes that fail to show benefit.

Sensyne Health has made a series of announcements regarding its collaboration with three NHS trusts which enables the company to analyse anonymised patient data using its clinical AI technologies in order to accelerate the discovery and development of new medicines and improve patient care.


The app will be tested in 5 areas before a nationwide roll-out in December.

Patients in Liverpool, Hastings, Bristol, Staffordshire and South Worcestershire will be able to download and use the app. He acknowledged that the NHS had a "chequered history" with technology and that it had "fallen a..."

Lastly, Hancock announced the creation of a HealthTech Advisory Board, which will highlight the NHS organisations that aren't following best practice.

Shadow health secretary Johnathan Ashworth said it was "astonishing" that rather than prioritising dealing with staff shortages or ever-growing waiting lists in the NHS, "the health secretary is insisting new IT systems must be paid for by already over-stretched budgets".

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