NHS Must overcome Barriers to Digital Care

According to a report from TechUK the NHS must tackle barriers to move forward with digital care.

The report, titled Personal Digital Care, calls on the public sector to re-establish the case for "assistive technologies as part of an integrated health and care support package."

The report said: "Consumers and patients also need to be empowered - through information - to make decisions about personal digital care."

Back in 2014 NHS England published its Personalised Health and Care 2020 Framework making patient-facing digital services a requirement by 2020.

TechUK calls on the NIB to undertake a "comprehensive review of evidence and best practice for personal digital care, which should be conducted in collaboration with industry partners such as TechUK, to feed into the trusted repository of collective

A recent announcement from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that he had appointed a US professor to undertake a review of the NHS's digital future.

Head of health and social care at TechUK, Natalie Bateman, said personalised digital care had the potential to transform the healthcare industry.

She added: "However, there are significant barriers to overcome if we are to unlock the potential value for patients and clients, carers, health and care providers, and the UK economy, including the need for a cultural mind-shift among health and care professionals, and greater integration of information.

"There needs to be a holistic step change in processes and practices in the system, driven by better collaboration and integration between the public and private sector, to achieve Jeremy Hunt's ambition for patient power."

The report calls for a rethink of incentives available to organisations that are looking to adopt technologies for their patients.

The report added: "More often than not the benefits for implementing personal digital care are accrued in a different organisation or care setting to the one that commissioned it. This actively creates disincentives to invest in the technology."

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