Today’s waiting list data reveals some of the startling challenges before us. Following the publication of the elective recovery plan earlier this week, it’s unsurprising that we see yet another record waiting list finally topping 6 million. However, diving into the figures reveals a number of worrying trends. Many more people are waiting much longer… Read More Today’s record waiting lists reveal trends slipping under the radar
In our response to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into the future of general practice, we highlight: 1. The government policy of increasing face-to-face GP appointments works against what most people want Every week, Digital Healthcare Council members ask millions of patients how they want to engage with general practice and what sort… Read More DHC highlights major gap between Government policy and what patients want in response to Health Select Committee inquiry
During a recent DHC meeting of members and key figures from NHSX, we explored challenges in developing sustainable health and social care AI solutions. Several key themes emerged: Focus on outcomes. Defining improved health and social care outcomes should be the starting point for AI, as with any other technology solution. Our national AI strategy… Read More Building a learning health and social care system with artificial intelligence
Commenting in Andrea Downey’s article in Digital Health News, DHC director Graham Kendall explained how technology has an important part to play reducing GP burnout and managing patient demand, giving examples of how DHC members have been supporting clinicians to tackle the pressures of Covid. “With a record-level waiting list of 5.4 million and an… Read More GP burnout – is tech to blame for mounting workloads?
Throughout the pandemic digital health providers have routinely demonstrated how remote consultations can help clinicians tackle the pressures of Covid, not only by acting as a form of infection control, but also by improving efficiency and capacity. Now digital healthcare is facing increasing scrutiny and it’s time to consider whether people are focusing on the… Read More Remote consultations should be seen as part of the general practice package of care
We’re looking forward to returning to the Healthcare Excellence Through Technology (HETT) show later this month where experts from across digital healthcare will be addressing some of the sector’s biggest challenges. On the second day of the conference, DHC Director, Graham Kendall, will be joining Minal Bakhai, Farzana Hussain and Ed Turnham in a panel… Read More ‘The Future is Hybrid’ – Total Digital Triage and the Future of Access to the NHS
With all of our CQC regulated members rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ and Livi becoming the first online GP provider to be rated ‘Outstanding’ overall, we’re working to demonstrate our members’ commitment to patient safety and set the standard for digital healthcare. This was a key topic in last week’s member session when we discussed… Read More Are digital services putting patient safety at risk?
Commenting in the HSJ, DHC director, Graham Kendall and DHC member, tested.me, raised concerns that government promotion of the NHS App for covid-19 vaccine passports could push out other health tech providers. Graham said: “If we try to do it alone and the NHS App ends up crowding out the rest of the market in… Read More Concern that NHS App could crowd the vaccine passport market
Over the past couple of months, DHC members have been raising concerns about possible plans for NHS England to extend their contract with AccuRx without open competition. DHC Director, Graham Kendall, spoke with Andrea Downey at Digital Health News about their concerns. “The DHSC, NHS England, NHSX, NHS Digital and the Cabinet Office have all… Read More Open competition secures the best services for patients
For digital providers, the consultation on the CQC’s new strategy is an opportunity to highlight how the regulatory process could, and should, be making better use of what digital services can offer. As a collective voice of 17 digital health providers, we responded with our thoughts on how the new strategy could help meet the… Read More Influencing the future of healthcare regulation