The latest Digital Health Unplugged is now live. In this episode we take a look at digital technology and leadership in social care.

A recent report from the King’s Fund found a “lack of clear responsibility” and leadership for digital technology in the NHS has led to a “social care gap” which risks the sector getting left behind.

The ‘Shaping the future of digital technology in health and social care’ report also found national leadership was “often reshuffled” with a “lack of clear responsibility in many aspects of implementation or strategy-setting”.

In the podcast the Digital Health News team and special guest from the Faculty of Clinical Informatics delve into the report and what it means for digital technology in the NHS and social care.

You’ll hear from:

  • Andrea Downey, host Digital Health Unplugged
  • Hannah Crouch, editor Digital Health News
  • Jon Hoeksma, editor-in-chief Digital Health
  • Jonathan Kay, chair of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics and member of the Digital Health CCIO Network

As it often does with the NHS and digital transformation, it came down to money. The Kings Fund called for “dramatically” increased investment in digital social care solutions and research to support better outcomes using technology.

While there have been several government initiatives focused on generating ideas and pilots within the social care sector, “explicit” investment and support would be necessary to ensure the adoption and scale of digital technology, the report noted.

Tune in to hear what our panel had to say.

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