The NHS in England has committed to an informatics strategy to transform healthcare service delivery using technology at national and local levels. One of the key deliverables set out in this strategy is for all healthcare in the country to be 'Paper Free at the Point of Care' by 2020.
Already, all UK citizens have been given the option to access, online, their most comprehensive health record, their primary care or GP record. In 2016 - in his keynote speech at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester - Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined measures to create "smartphone-ready" services in a new NHS technology drive. The new services would include, for example, introduction of a new NHS 111 online triage service for less serious health problems, and launch of a library of NHS-approved health apps to guide patient choice.
One year on, in 2017 at the same show - Health Secretary enforced his digital health message by a vision of next 10 years as "patient power decade' of the NHS (National Health Service). He also promised that new online services - including app or online access for all patients to the NHS 111 service - would be in place by the end of 2018.
All patients are promised to have access to their own GP medical record through an app. Whatever patients' preferences are, they could go online any time to access their medical record. Also, through an app patients could change their preferences on how they would prefer their anonymised data being shared for research. According to Health Secretary, this should idle concerns around consent at the previous efforts to do the exactly same (care.data programme that failed). Health Secretary also says this kind of setup would be the first in the world.
In 2016: the Gateway to UK project introduced some Finnish digital health companies to the UK market.
In 2017: NHS Digital Health Seminar arranged by Finpro, bringing the UK digital health experts within the NHS to talk and meet with the Finnish companies.
In spring 2017: a follow up seminar on the 26 Sept 2017 in plans.
NHS has to meet two prominent policy commitments by 2020: to achieve an unprecedented £22 billion of productivity savings, and to make all patient records digital and accessible in real time across all settings for patients and staff. The NHS England has committed to an informatics strategy to transform healthcare service delivery using technology at national and local levels. One of the key deliverables set out in this strategy is for all healthcare in the country to be 'Paper Free at the Point of Care' by 2020. Already, all UK citizens have been given the option to access, online, their most comprehensive health record, their primary care or GP record. As one of the concrete measures to look in to new technologies and innovations, there is a newly-launched testbed programme, bringing together patients, clinicians and technology companies, aiming to tackle some of the health service's most urgent problems.
As an ageing population and funding uncertainties further stress its budget, new ways of working and new innovations are really needed. Seven innovation testbeds were introduced in 2015 by the NHS England CEO Simon Stevens. These are taking a different approach to tackling the impending health crisis. The initiatives will address everything from long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart illness, to mental-health and old-age care. Experts say that the NHS simply can't afford to not get technology right: the failures cost billions of pounds, and because there have been so many failed attempts in past, the NHS is under real pressure to get technology working, including opportunities within big data and improving treatment, and keeping people healthy and out of hospitals.
The global market for digital health was worth £23 billion in 2014 but is expected to almost double to £43 billion in 2018. The global trend is reflected in the UK market. Worth £2 billion in May 2017, it is expected to grow to around £2.9 billion by 2018, mainly driven by mobile health apps. (Deloitte)
Remote monitoring solutions
Digital diagnostics tool
Wearable technology within medical space
Specific opportunities within 1) integrating information (interoperability, standards, platform, IDCR (integrated digital care record), workflow, 2) Digital tools (decision support, patient devices, PHR, 3) Business analytics (e.g. outcomes measurement, change management, risk management.