Vision for interoperability to make integrated care happen

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By Julian David, CEO, Tech UK

Effective sharing of data across care settings has the potential to transform health and social care services

  1. Effective sharing of data across care settings has the potential to transform health and social care services
  2. Patient centric, rather than system centric services, improve the care and wellbeing of citizens, reduce the cost of service delivery and increase productivity in the NHS and local government.
  3. techUK is the voice of the technology industry, representing more than 850 members. Our health and social care programme is leading the development of cross industry interoperability standards

The challenges facing our health and social care system are clear – ever tightening budgets and a changing demographic that presents increasing instances of chronic diseases associated with an ageing population.

Technology has an important role in overcoming these challenges, by helping to deliver patient centric services that improve the care and wellbeing of citizens, reduce the cost of service delivery and increase productivity.

At the moment, data is not shared efficiently, leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment, and additional costs to the NHS and local government. Interoperability, the effective sharing of data between care settings, has the potential to deliver a health and social care system where applications, data and processes allow the right information to be available to the right user at the right time.

However, for these benefits to be realised there also needs to be advancements in how technology is used. Our health and care system needs to utilise the tech that makes it easy to share data and automate routine processes from start to finish. Crucially, this technology must be easy to use and accessible to all, to avoid placing limits on how many people can benefit.

We recently launched a paper that lays our vision for a digitally enabled and integrated health and social care service that supports the end-to-end patient journey. The paper outlines key principles that should be applied to interoperability standards to enable information to interchange with systems securely and ensure public services are delivered in a seamless way.

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