Here are some great examples of how health tech is transforming lives
The much-awaited NHS Long Term Plan was unveiled in January – and included a major focus on technology.
At Qa Research we have been investigating how the UK’s health sector can embrace new ways of working which both ease the burden on a stretched NHS and deliver excellent care to patients.
Digital tech holds out the promise of doing both. Here are a few ways technology can be used to transform lives – of both patients and health workers.
A whole-hospital solution
One of the holy grails of NHS reform is a computer system which makes sharing patient records simple and secure. This is a particular problem between primary and secondary care. Here Digital Health describes the challenges, but also points to successful exemplars – like Leeds, where the city council and CCG are sharing data via GP Connect from NHS Digital.
Championing health tech start-ups
By supporting health and social care start-ups, the Social Tech Trust has helped the development of everything from bionic arms to art for older people. Now it is expanding its role by working with the likes of Vodafone and Microsoft.
Shortlist of health tech winners
Among the finalists in the Health Service Journal Partnership Awards are several hi-tech innovations, from the Digital Surgery ecosystem to Amplitude, whose technology captures clinical outcomes to improve patient care.
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