Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, has announced the latest vision for IT modernisation in the NHS, This will involve moving applications / data to cloud-based services, and technical standards which will allow NHS IT systems to be interoperable and upgradable. Access to up-to-date patient records and data in real-time will support good quality and prompt care. The NHS IT infrastructure should deliver better services and facilitate innovation. The main section headings are:
- Guiding principles.
- Architectural principles.
- Our priorities.
- Annex A: Case studies.
- Annex B: Sample standards and user needs.
Matt Hancock launches tech vision to build the most advanced health and care system in the world. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, October 17th 2018.
This relates to:
The future of healthcare: our vision for digital, data and technology in health and care. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, October 17th 2018.
Progress has not always gone to plan, in recent history:
Wheeler, B. (2018). MP’s ‘horror’ at getting £4.2bn to digitise NHS with no plan. London: BBC Health / Politics News, October 2nd 2018.
The Healthtech Advisory Board
An advisory board has been created to advise Matt Hancock’s department, regarding the uses of technology in health and social care, and linking this closely to promoting a culture of innovation in the NHS.
“Medicine is driven by information: better use of data can revolutionise health care”.
Health technology expert panel meets for the first time. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care, November 19th 2018.
Technologically-Enabled Redesign of the Outpatient Referrals System?
Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England National Medical Director, believes use of information technology should be able to reduce the thousands of unnecessary outpatient appointments each day. Commonplace digital solutions – including Skype, apps and online tools – could help to prevent avoidable hospital visits, avoid patients taking time off work and school needlessly, while saving on NHS running costs.
Currently there are 127 million outpatient appointments in the UK per year; roughly five times more than the number of patients using A&E. About a fifth of appointments get cancelled, or patients don’t turn up.
Triggle, N. (2018). NHS outpatients service ‘stuck in the 18th Century’. London: BBC Health News, November 9th 2018.
England’s top doctor calls on NHS to use tech to revamp outpatient system. [Online]: NHS England, November 9th 2018.
This relates to:
Isherwood, J. Hillman, T. [and] Goddard, A. (2018). Outpatients: the future – adding value through sustainability. London: Royal College of Physicians (RCP), November 2018.
Investigation Into Nursing Workforce Planning and Deployment Technologies
Possibly of interest, an NIHR report explores the implementation of workforce planning and deployment technologies for nurse staffing:
Burton, CR. Rycroft-Malone, J. [and] Williams, L. [et al] (2018). NHS managers’ use of nursing workforce planning and deployment technologies: a realist synthesis. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library / Health Services and Delivery Research. November 2018, Vol.6(36).
Extension of the 100,000 Genome Project?
The 100,000 Genome Project (launched in 2012) reached its target in December 2018. The NHS has early plans for Genomic England, a company set-up and owned by the NHS, to recruit genomic volunteers whose sequenced genomic information (duly pooled and anonymised) may contribute to developments in the understanding and possible future treatment of serious health conditions, including cancer and dementia.
NHS to offer paid-for DNA tests if patients share data. London: BBC Health News, January 26th 2019.
Global Digital Exemplar Blueprints
Reports of Acute Global Digital Exemplars, and Mental Health Global Digital Exemplars, which are partnered with “fast follower” trusts to support the faster spread of best practice and innovation through the of use of world-class digital technology and information:
Older patients spared dementia and falls by NHS tech roll-out. [Online]: NHS England, February 7th 2019.
The Topol Review
The Topol Review covers education and training plans for preparation of the health care workforce to make better use of digital technologies; including genomics, digital medicine, artificial intelligence, big data and robotics.
The Topol Review: preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future. London: Health Education England, February 2019.
Comment and analysis from BBC News:
Pym, H. (2019). Could patients become their own doctors? London: BBC Health News, February 12th 2019.
Information as an Asset Project
Published in the wake of the Topol Review (even sharing some very similar artwork), there is an update to the Hawley (1995) “Information as an Asset” Report:
Information as an asset: today’s board agenda. cilip/KPMG Position Paper. London: cilip [and] KPMG, February 2019.
Imperial College London’s Care Research and Technology Centre
Possibly of interest, research into developing the “healthy dementia home” will study the use of sensors and wearable devices to monitor physical deterioration, or changes in patients’ behaviour, which could put persons with dementia at risk of hospital admission. Other applications being research include RTLS/RFID tracking, robotic devices and sleep monitors.
Technology to keep dementia patients out of hospital. London: BBC Health News, April 17th 2019.