Digital transformation is absolutely at the heart of what we do. From supporting remote monitoring to improving the flow of information, digital tools have the power to transform the way health and care are delivered. Digital technologies are integral to many of the changes envisaged in the NHS long-term plan. Making a reality of these ambitions will require a stronger emphasis on engaging and upskilling the people expected to use digital technologies at all levels in the NHS, particularly clinicians.
As we have refocussed our work in response to COVID-19, this area has taken on ever-greater importance. During the past year and throughout the pandemic we have been the link between the NHS regional team and representatives in our local Integrated Care Systems’ (ICS). During the second half of the year we have played an important role in securing over £4.5m of funding for ICS/STP’s across the wider south west, which all three ICS’ in West of England have benefited from . We are now playing a central role, along with our colleagues in Wessex and South West AHSNs in the NHSX South West Scaling Up Remote Monitoring Programme. This has three distinct themes (click on the links below (coming soon) to find out more)
- Improving remote monitoring of residents in care homes
- Supporting Individuals with LD through remote monitoring and use of innovative Apps to help with increased Annual Health Checks
- System wide Clinical Communications Advice and Guidance capability
These initiatives, in common with all our work on digital transformation centres on ensuring appropriate digital solutions are implemented effectively. The success of any digital initiative will rely on; how they are developed into patient pathways and processes, identifying appropriate training and behaviour change required by users, and ensuring resources – human and financial – are secured to ensure the transformation can progress timely. All of these elements are critical and some of the ongoing work we are doing support this includes:
- Supporting our local ICS’ by sharing knowledge, contacts and information on products – plus links to others who are facing similar challenges
- Coordinating activities across systems and involving key reps from each ICS where appropriate – examples in a minute
- Continually looking for new innovations – gadgets, apps and service upgrades – that might be of interest to our member organisations
- In some instances we provide direct project/programme management support – Digital Primary Care, Digital Care homes
- Coordinating a regional network of CIO’s and CCIO’s to help educate and communication across systems.