Whittington Hospitals has completed the Global Digital Exemplar Fast Follower programme, and as a result introduced new solutions and software.
An evaluation of the GDE programme has stated that action needs to be taken to “address the existing digital divide across organisations”.
A video unit will be installed within the ante-natal care outpatient department to support people who need interpretation and translation support.
A team from the University of Edinburgh will lead the evaluation which will involve engaging with NHS staff to gather feedback for policy makers and managers.
NHS England’s CIO Will Smart has said the NHS needs at least another £4.2 billion of IT investment to finish the job of digitisation.
The success of the flagship GDE programme, channeling NHS IT investment into a small number of elite trusts, should be be judged by the extent to which knowledge is effectively spread across the whole NHS.
Cambridge, Imperial and Chelsea, Alder Hey and Newcastle have been announced as the four additional acute global digital exemplar trusts.
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust have nominated two digital “fast followers”, in a further indication of how the next wave of NHS digital transformation will take shape.
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NHS England plans to fund 20 “fast follower” trusts to become digital advanced in the next three years, using blueprints laid out by the 16 digital exemplar trusts.
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