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
A couple of pieces of interesting research recently show that: Over 50s are less likely to have accessed online consultations in the UK during the first lockdown Older patients prefer digital health tools to in-person consultations Research commissioned by Visiba Care looked at rates of online consultations including video consultations and online consultations such as… Read More Research shows strong but unmet demand for digital healthcare among older people
NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) has published Integrating Care: Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England which sets out their view for the strategic direction of system working and outlines a consultation on two new proposals to put Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing. To help our members… Read More Next steps for ICSs – all you need to know
The latest GP appointment stats covering October have led some observers to fanfare that the level of GP appointments is now at pre-pandemic levels. But that conclusion is only partially true, and more fundamentally, perhaps it also misses the point. It is accurate that the total number of appointments in October was 28.2 million and… Read More GP appointment bounce back masks nationwide variation
Writing in Open Access Government, DHC Director, Graham Kendall outlines what has worked in response to Covid, and what needs to change. He highlights the need to: focus on integrating solutions that prioritise the user experience support and empower local users to choose solutions that work for them spend wisely, and avoid duplicating expenditure work… Read More Lessons from COVID-19: How can healthcare change for the better?