Legislative moves to support the drive to integrated care were noted in the Queen’s Speech, but with an election likely, it may be some time before the government’s political agenda makes such legislation a reality. The challenges facing health and social care were outlined in the CQC’s annual State of Care report, which also sounded a familiar note around the piecemeal nature of the application of technology in healthcare. This was highlighted in a report from Professor Sir Mike Richards, which said IT screening systems were woefully out of date. Meanwhile, AI is on the rise, according to a Microsoft report, although the data quality challenge is holding back progress. NHSX said it would commit to open standards after a listening event with innovators, whilst it started advertising for England’s first chief nurse for digital transformation. SilverCloud passed the 300,000 user mark, and Rob Shaw and Andy Kinnear announced plans to move on from the NHS.
As autumn rains swept across the country, research confirmed that the NHS had an exceptionally busy summer and is poorly placed for winter. Health organisations organised events for World Mental Health Day, while Matthew Gould, the chief executive of NHSX, told the NHS Providers conference that the unit is going to help trusts with tech procurements.
Matthew Gould was recently interviewed by Roy Lilley in a HealthChat sponsored by IMS MAXIMS; Highland Marketing was there, and a write-up of the lively encounter is included in the newsletter. As is news from InterSystems Joined-up Health & Care, which was liveblogged as it took place in Birmingham.
The Conservative Party held its annual conference in Manchester, with a headline pledge to build 40 new hospitals. Media outlets soon established that just six trusts will receive money in the next five years; another 21 will get ‘seed funding’ for plans that will depend on general elections, Brexit, the economy, and tax policy.
Away from Manchester, there was a major shake-up for NHS IT in Wales. The NHS Wales Informatics Service will be replaced by a new body with an additional £50 million to spend. And… the Health Tech Newspaper unveiled the winners of its Health Tech Awards 2019, including the #HealthTechToShoutAbout category sponsored by Highland Marketing. Read who won in our blog…