The NHS has been there for over 70 years, but some say its traditional methods need to change with the times. “A tide of technology” should be accepted, says Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
In an article published in Business Reporter, Karen Livingstone, National Director of AHSN (Academic Health Science Networks), tells why technology is important now: “the health care needs of our society have changed radically.”
She puts it like this: “Virtually every aspect of modern life has been radically changed by steps forward in technology.” So where do digital practices fit within healthcare services? The Academic Health Science Networks “main aim is to better the uptake of healthcare innovation for patient benefit”. And what are the vital benefits?
- Saving time
If certain tasks can be finished through technology, this saves the professional’s time.
- Reducing pressure
Likewise, clinicians will be able to aim more clearly on patients if the stress of small admin tasks is removed by digital transformations.
- Patients have more control
Companies are tuning into the demand for patients to feel more self-managed, especially those with long-term diagnosis. This includes patients having easy access to their health history and treatments.
Digital transformation is made available through Innovation Exchange. According to a report made by AHSNs and the NHS Innovation Accelerator, “691 jobs had been made and £152 million of investment leveraged in order to aid the development of the companies that we’re engaged with.” As Livingstone says, the technological change of the NHS can only come if companies “work together, aiding those with system-changing, life-changing answers to help them bridge the differences and positively affect the lives of patients for years to come.”