Digital health is a fast-developing area for innovators who are developing products and strategies in telehealth, health information systems and smartphone apps to help people live healthier lives.
In November 2014 a new framework was published – ‘Personalised Health and Care 2020: Using data and technology to transform outcomes for patients and citizens’. It sets out how better use of data and technology can improve health and transform quality of care while reducing the cost of services. The framework builds on the commitment to exploit the information revolution, outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View and includes the aim to make the NHS paper-free at point of care by 2020.
As a first step to this goal, local digital roadmaps need to be developed detailing the actions each area will take to deliver paper-free care. These roadmaps aim to generate momentum and drive transformation across local health economies.
Within the Oxford AHSN region – and across the NHS – technological innovation is already making a difference to patients. One successful local example is a better monitoring system to help women who develop diabetes during pregnancy.
Last year the Oxford AHSN broadened its approach to establish a community of interest in digital healthcare, with the aim to facilitate productive dialogue between innovators and clinicians, patients and commissioners so that the products and services developed are in line with needs, support better healthcare and lead to better communication between patients and clinicians.
View a roadmap produced by the Oxford AHSN to help mobile app developers maximise patient benefits and commercial potential.