In this joint blog Yinka Makinde, Programme Director for DigitalHealth.London and Jenny Thomas, Programme Director for DigitalHealth.London Accelerator explore how technology will play a central role in realising the Long Term Plan, helping clinicians to use the full range of their skills, reduce bureaucracy, stimulate research and enable service transformation.
Only last year the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. Since the launch of the NHS medicine has made unimaginable advances, health needs have changed fundamentally and our society has evolved in numerous ways. And yet, the way care is delivered to many patients across the NHS remains locked in to the service model created in 1948.
With the publication on 7 January of the NHS Long Term Plan, we now look forward to digitally enabled care going mainstream across the NHS.
So, what can we expect to happen now? How are we at DigitalHealth.London going to help ensure we have an NHS that is digitally fit for the future? With the best digital tools and technologies being made available for our patients and practitioners?
Well, we are already speeding up the development and scaling of digital innovations across health and care in London.
Despite all the above, some questions still remain. How will this all be funded? How will patients across different geographies be able to access the different technologies? How will the NHS make this transformation happen with current resource requirements?
Well, the ten year plan does give some answers. NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has promised a new operating model, removal of procurement barriers and local funding allocations. This is all moving in the right direction.
Virtually every aspect of modern life is being reshaped by innovation and new technology; New technologies are continually opening up new possibilities for prevention, care and treatment. We welcome the NHS Long Term Plan. To quote the NHS Constitution,
the “NHS works at the limits of science – bringing the highest levels of human knowledge and skill to save lives and improve health.”
If we make the current Long Term Plan happen, just imagine what the ten year plan from 2029 will look like!
Article Source: https://digitalhealth.london/nhs-ltp/