Top 5 tech shifts in the NHS


Over the past few months, a number of big digital changes have taken place within the NHS. Here are our top 5:


NHS Alpha

In September, NHS Alpha was introduced, a joint project between the Department of Health and NHS England to improve the digital vision for NHS.UK.

The NHS Alpha team not only includes experts from their own organisations, but also the NHS Choices team at the Health and Social Care Information Centre and individuals that have delivered digital services in the Government Digital Service (GDS)..

NHS and DOH’S main goal is to offer outstanding online services by designing them with the people who use them in mind.


Digital leader set to exit NHS England

It was recently announced that Tim Kelsey, the National Director for Patients and Information at NHS England, will be leaving his role at the end of December to work for Telstra Health in Australia.

Kelsey, who started working for the National Health Service in 2012, has led its work on data and technology. He has been a leading figure behind the programme


Camden and Islington NHS Trust lead digital revolution 

In September, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust went  live with the Carenotes Electronic Patient Record system (EPR) from software provider Advanced Health & Care (Advanced) to enhance its mental health services.

By improving data accessibility, the system enables staff to view patient records and make quicker and more accurate clinical decisions.

Wendy Wallace, Chief Executive of the Trust, said that their aim is to “lead a digital revolution”.  “By working in partnership with Advanced to meet tight project timescales, we now move this vision closer to reality,” she said.


Wales and Scotland landmark agreement boosting technology

NHS Wales and NHS Scotland signed a breakthrough agreement last month, allowing both organisations to join forces to share digital solutions.

The new group, the Health Informatics Service Alliance, builds on existing collaboration between the two countries.

Andrew Griffiths, NHS Wales Informatics Service Director, said: “This collaboration will ensure that we can work together to deliver services effectively to benefit the member countries, with new opportunities to be gained from shared innovation.”


The publication of an interoperability handbook

NHS England’s publication of an interoperability handbook designed to guide and support local organisations in “procuring and implementing local interoperable solutions as part of their local digital roadmaps” was announced at this year’s Health and care innovation Expo.

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