Mixed picture of digital maturity in NHS revealed

NHS England has published data on a series of self-reported digital maturity measures for 239 NHS trusts – highlighting a very mixed take-up of technology.

While NHS England has made it clear that the Digital Maturity Index is not a league table, it does say that the digital maturity measures are a self-help tool that will enable trusts to understand how they are doing and inform their future planning.

Nearly half of the 239 trusts measured demonstrated a good level of readiness to plan, deliver and optimise digital systems to create a ‘paperless NHS’. Despite that, the majority of those trusts have digital capabilities deemed at an ‘OK’ level, and many have capabilities below 50 per cent.


The assessment

The Digital Maturity Assessment measures the extent to which healthcare services in England are supported by the effective use of digital technology. It helps to identify key strengths and gaps in healthcare providers’ provision of digital services at the point of care and offer an initial view of the current ‘baseline’ position across the country.

In doing so it supports the National Information Board’s commitment to achieving a fully interoperable health and care system by 2020 that is paper-free at the point of care.


The overall picture

Nationally, the picture is quite good on access to care records, but the picture is less good on access to e-prescribing.

The data, published on the myNHS website, allows members of the public to look up how a particular trust scores in three areas of digital maturity: readiness, capability and infrastructure.

The published data suggests that Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust are among the top performers, while Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust are among the lowest.

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