NHS England is offering NHS hospital Trusts over £100 million funding to create centres of global digital excellence and explore better use of digital technology in health. Twenty-six selected trusts are invited to bid for up to £10 million each, for investment in digital infrastructure and workforce training and development.
The successful projects are expected to deliver:
- Improved use of electronic patient records: with real-time updates for documentation of observations and assessments; online access for patients to their medical records; and electronic medicines management to reduce medication errors.
- Improved information sharing across the local health and care system: with digital communication and access to test results for patients; and improved sharing between health and care teams of online medical records and care plans.
- Robust data security.
NHS England offers Trusts over £100 million funding pot to set up centres of global digital excellence. [Online]: NHS England, August 4th 2016.
A major source of ideas:
Imison, C. Castle-Clarke, S. Watson, R. [and] Edwards, N. (2016). Delivering the benefits of digital health care. London: Nuffield Trust, February 22nd 2016.
“It’s fundamentally not a technology project; it’s fundamentally a culture change and a business transformation project”. (Robert Wachter, UCSF). p.22.
Possibly of background interest:
Gauging where we are with a paper-free NHS – Paul Rice. [Online]: NHS England, April 12th 2016.
Martha Lane Fox’s earlier contributions to the broad agenda:
A digital NHS for everyone – Tim Kelsey and Martha Lane Fox. [Online]: NHS England, December 8th 2015.
Martha Lane Fox sets out key digital proposals for the NHS. [Online]: NHS England, December 8th 2015.
Twelve NHS hospital trusts have been selected to act as “Digital Exemplars” which will explore new ways of using digital technology to achieve radical improvements in the care of patients:
12 NHS Hospital trusts to trail blaze NHS’s Digital Revolution. [Online]: NHS England, September 7th 2016.