Top 5 Tech Shifts in the NHS
The past few months have seen a number of digital changes occur within the NHS. We’ve put together a list of the top five.
September saw the introduction of NHS Alpha, a joint project between NHS England and the Department of Health in order to improve NHS UK’s digital vision. The NHS Alpha team not only includes experts from their own institutions, but also includes a number of experts from the NHS Choices team at the Health and Social Care Information Centre and a number of individuals who have delivered digital services in the Government Digital Service (GDS). The main goal of NHS Alpha is to deliver outstanding online services designed with their users in mind.
Digital Leader Set to Exit NHS England
Recently it was announced that Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information at NHS England, has plans in place that will see him leave his post at the end of the year in order to work for Telstra Health in Australia. Kelsey began working for the NHS in 2012 and has been a leading figure behind the care data programme having led much work on data and technology.
Camden and Islington NHS Trust at the Forefront of Digital Revolution
The software provider Advanced Health & Care’s Carenotes Electronic Patient Record System has gone live within the Camden and Islington NHS Trust this September, in a bid to enhance its mental health services. This system enables staff to view patient records and make more accurate and quicker clinical decisions by improving data accessibility. The Chief Executive of the Trust said that their vision was to lead a digital revolution.
Wales and Scotland Sign Landmark Agreement Boosting Innovation
Last month a breakthrough agreement was signed by NHS Wales and NHS Scotland, which allowed both organisations to share digital solutions. Known as the Health Informatics Service Alliance, this new group builds on an already existing collaboration between the two countries. Andrew Griffiths, Service Director for NHS Wales Informatics, believes that the collaboration will produce new opportunities gained from shared innovation, and will enable the two organisations to better work together in order to provide and deliver services more effectively to member countries.
The Publication of an Interoperability Handbook
This year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo announced NHS England’s publication of an interoperability handbook, which has been designed to guide and support local healthcare organisations in “procuring and implementing local interoperable solutions as part of their local digital roadmaps”.