As Digital Health continues its round up of 2018, we hit the second half of the year. Claire Read looks back on the balmy summer in which Jeremy Hunt bid farewell to the health brief; charts Matt Hancock’s technology focus; and records the swelling of various exemplar ranks.
It’s two years since the GDE programme was launched. But Jon Hoeksma argues its overblown language conceals a relatively small investment.
Rafael Sorribas from NHS Digital met with staff on Friday to observe the progress that had been made by the trust since it was made a GDE in 2016.
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Matt Hancock has published a tech strategy founded on open standards, innovation and encouraging local choice with a move away from reliance on mega-suites. But it’s going to be tough to square this with the current centrally-directed global digital exemplar programme, argues Digital Health editor Jon Hoeksma.
Non-executive director at NHS Improvement, Lord Carter’s review argues that ‘technology is not adopted rapidly’ across the ambulance service.
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A panel of NHS IT directors, CIOs and suppliers discussed a number of topics associated with the Global Digital Exemplar programme at the UK Health Show.
Speaking later today at NHS Expo in Manchester, Matt Hancock is also expected to announce the NHS App will be piloted across England from October.
The news that the 80% of English NHS providers not part of the GDE programme will receive funds for digitisation is welcome. But, argues Digital Health editor and chief executive Jon Hoeksma, a review of the figures shows this dollop of jam is a start rather than a full solution.
NHS England is planning expansion of the GDE and LHCRE programmes as well as the creation of “system-wide eRostering and Bed Management Patient Flow exemplars”, documents seen by Digital Health News confirm.
The sharing of knowledge, via a process of ‘blueprinting’, was frequently emphasised as a pre-requisite to becoming a GDE. In advance of a Digital Health webinar on the subject, and a workshop at Summer Schools, Claire Read explores how that process is developing, what’s next, and discovers why the group leading it is so keen to get feedback.