On Tuesday 12th and 19th February techUK hosted NHS Digital’s first set of industry briefing for 2019 in Leeds and London. The briefings were attended by a wide range of technology suppliers.
The London briefing marked an exciting day for technology and the NHS, coinciding with the launch of NHSX, a new body aiming to coordinate and align technology projects across the service.
The briefings kicked off with an update from James Hawkins, Director of Strategy at NHS Digital, who set out NHS Digital’s new structures and highlighted a greater focus on improving partnerships and collaboration with industry. Hawkins laid out some of the key technology milestones in the NHS Long Term Plan; adding that NHSX will bring together all of the technology programmes under one body.
James’s introduction was followed by a variety of programme leads from NHS Digital, including:
Hadleigh Stollar, Programme Manager at NHS Digital, gave a general overview of the National Record Locator, a new national capability that is being used to streamline emergency care services. The Record Locator allows any authorised clinician or care worker to access a patient’s medical record to improve decision making. The Beta programme was successfully made live for five mental health trusts and four ambulance trusts in November last year.
Gill Sharples spoke about the Internet First programme, outlining a roadmap where health and care digital services are accessed exclusively over the internet to improve accessibility; reduce duplicated effort; to allow smarter working through handheld devices and to allow real time access to clinical information.
James Palmer delivered a session on Adult Social Care, noting that the sector is currently the least digitally mature and will need to significantly improve to reach the parity with health to achieve the whole system goals outlined in the NHS 10-year plan.
The briefings were also an opportunity for Andrew Wilson, Associate Director of Commercial Engagement to present the new NHS Standards Framework. The standards include 10 high level requirements for improving interoperability across health care systems including: access to information about patients' allergies and medicines, quicker transfer of care records and the use of the NHS number.
The briefings ended with a brief discussion of the apps and wearables programme by Marcus Hinde who mapped out the regulatory process and invited members and those with significant expertise to apply to be an approved assessor.
Members can find out more and apply here: https://developer.nhs.uk/digital-tools/become-an-assessor/