The health service is under an enormous amount of pressure, and it’s no surprise – it accounts for over six per cent of all Government spending. In order to cope with this pressure, the NHS has begun looking towards technology for ways to support an every-growing population. They have, however, faced many hurdles whilst implementing their digital strategy, and this has raised questions on how the health service could be effectively modernised. Interestingly, some have called for the introduction of consumer wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Gear, due to the emphasis these devices place on personal health monitoring.
It seems the general public would agree – a remarkable 81% of us believe the NHS would benefit from increased use of wearables, according to a recent Trustmarque study. Indeed, wearables could be used in all manner of ways in the NHS, from getting patients to follow a diet and exercise regime, to monitoring healthcare in a patient’s home, to tracking things like heart rate and cholesterol.
While reported issues (such as the £10bn ‘National Programme for IT’) indicate the challenges the NHS faces as it digitally transforms, innovations such as the use of business intelligence (BI) dashboards and electronic patient records indicate that the NHS is firmly on the road to fundamentally transforming the way it operates. Wearable technology could prove to be the latest in a line of developments that can not only save the NHS time and money, but ultimately save the lives of patients.
As such, NHS trusts across the UK are clamouring to modernise their operations, often with IT as a starting point. Tools such as BI dashboards and wearable technology require a modern IT infrastructure in order to function, so in order to realise the benefits of ‘going digital’, the NHS’ IT leaders must first assess their capability to handle this shift. Even moving to the cloud can be a remarkably complex process for many CIOs, so it’s important to engage with the right support before making a decision.
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