In 2014, $4bn was invested in digital health start-ups in the US alone. Insurers, employers and providers are all coming to recognise the benefits that technology can offer. Yet, on this side of the pond, in England, key decision makers have been far slower to act, depriving the local healthcare system of much needed innovation.
The formation of the National Information Board and its joint proposals with the NHS in ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020’ are welcome initiatives. By formally recognising the critical role that digital solutions must play in helping close the £30bn funding gap the NHS faces, we have hope that the service can avoid a significant fall in quality of care provided to English citizens within the next decade.
Yet, despite these laudable intentions, the paper lacks a clear plan for how the NHS will adopt and nurture digital innovation in practice. It is clear from recent discussions with sponsors of these initiatives that there is a significant knowledge gap that must be bridged for a feasible to plan to be developed and enacted. We believe, however, that by engaging with the right partners, this is a challenge that the NHS can overcome. Here are a few suggestions:Read More