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Liverpool Aims to be Digital Health and Care Leader

Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working to help patients and clinicians make the most out of digital technologies.

The city aims to be one of the top ten digitally advanced health and care economies in Europe by 2020.

In an interview with Computer Weekly the programme manager for the More independent programme at CCG Dave Horsfield, said their main goal is to combine different technologies and put information in the hands of the public.

He said this will be done in a way that lets patients have full control.In order to become one of the leaders in digital health and care requires the CCG to keep track of the latest, most innovative technologies.

Horsfield said: “The NHS is a bit slow when it comes to technology. It often takes years with clinical technology to get it to a safe and appropriate level where it can be deployed in a clinical setting. Then we spend more years embedding it into the service. That’s not viable if we want to be a leader.”

The CCG has a map where it adds technology it expects to develop over the next five to ten years, it then has meetings with clinical teams to build services based on what the technology might look like.The NHS needs to be fully integrated with social care by 2020 due to a mandate set by the government. 

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