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techUK publish evidence pack making the case for continued investment in digital transformation for health and care
Towards the end of 2023 the Health Service Journal reported on the re-allocation of digital transformation funding to cover funding shortfalls.
This is not the first time we have seen digital transformation pots seen as dispensable projects that can be deprioritised when budgets are under pressure.
This reluctance to properly ringfence funding for the digital transformation of the health and care system must end if the UK is to properly realise the wide-ranging benefits that digital, data, and technology can bring to the NHS and social care services. The lack of funding not only jeopardises the ability of healthcare providers to adequately support their patients but exacerbates the burden on the system, fuelling ongoing labour disputes. The UK Government must continue to prioritise funding to support the digital transformation of the NHS and social care at previously committed levels. On top of this, the digital health market is a vital contributor to the UK economy, estimated to be worth £23.98bn by 2025, and changes to previously announced funding create significant uncertainty in the market that reverberates throughout the economy and degrades the UK’s international standing.
To help make the case for continued investment in digital transformation, techUK has collaborated with members to demonstrate the benefits of digital, data, and technology in helping NHS England (as well as care providers), meet the priorities set out in the NHS mandate 2023:
- Cut NHS waiting lists and recover performance
- Support the workforce through training, retention and modernisation
- Deliver recovery through data and technology
From back-office transformation through to cutting-edge AI, these technologies can deliver significant value and positive outcomes, such as:
- freeing up bed space
- reducing triage time
- boosting productivity
- moving care into the community
- improving patient outcomes and experience
- freeing up time to care
- reducing unnecessary appointments.
Above all, these technologies can help support patients, the health and care workforce, and improve the health of UK citizens.
Alex joined techUK in July 2021 as Programme Manager for Health and Social Care. Since July 2023 Alex has led the Programme.
Alex formerly worked at Portland Communications, joining as part of their 2019 Graduate Scheme intake. In March 2020 she joined Portland’s Health team, supporting a range of clients in the life sciences industry across both public affairs and strategic communications.
Alex has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge, focussing on Early Modern Europe and material culture. Outside of work she enjoys reading, finding new places to eat, and running.
Robert joined techUK in October 2022, where he is now Programme Manager for Health and Social Care & Justice and Emergency Services.
Robert previously worked at the Pension Protection Fund, within the policy and public affairs team. Prior to this, he worked at the Scottish Parliament, advising politicians and industry stakeholders on a wide range of issues, including rural crime and health policies.
Robert has a degree in Politics and International Relations (MA Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, with a particular focus on strategic studies and energy security. Outside of work he enjoys activities such as running, rugby, boxing and cooking!
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Clara joined techUK in October 2023. She brings experience across a range of domestic and global health issues, with particular focus on digital health, HIV/AIDS and climate change and health.
Clara holds an MSc in Global Health and Development (University College London) and a BSc in Psychology (University of Birmingham).
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