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Virtualstock responds to NHS Long-Term Plan: Digital technology requires a system-wide approach

07-Jan-2019
Virtualstock responds to NHS Long-Term Plan: Digital technology requires a system-wide approach
The NHS Long-Term Plan was released today, Monday 7 January 2019, by NHS England. The Government has announced additional funding for the NHS, and this plan is a blueprint on how to best use that funding to ensure that the NHS is fit for the future. The plan is split into seven key areas covering new service models for 21st Century; prevention and health inequalities; progress on care quality and outcomes; NHS staff; digital and technology; taxpayer investment; and next steps. Digital and technology is an enabling workstream for the plan and it is intended that technology will underpin all major areas of its delivery.

James Thirkill, Vice President and General Manager, Healthcare and Public Sector, Virtualstock, commented:

“The Long-Term Plan is a great step towards the NHS’ digital future. However, moving our health system over to digital needs a system-wide approach. Properly implementing tech in the NHS requires an overhaul of everything from managing patient records and pathways to tracking medical devices, adopting data standards and deploying interoperable technologies.

“This is an ambitious plan but it cannot avoid the reality that the NHS must make £700 million back office savings over the next five years. Digital technology is critical to improving operational efficiency and core transactional services, which are just as fundamental improving quality of patient care and services as implementing the latest AI diagnostics.”