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On December 21, 2017

by Natalie Chishick

Looking forward to 2018, Natalie Chishick, IMS MAXIMS Policy and Communications Director, reveals her digital predictions for the health and care industry over the next 12 months.

In 2018 acute Global Digital Exemplars will start to deliver agreed milestones and receive tranches of funding. We should see subsequent advancements in digital maturity and notably, actionable blueprints that ‘fast followers’ and other NHS trusts can adapt quickly and easily into their own transformation plans.

INTEROPen saw huge gains in 2017 as more suppliers, healthcare bodies and networks joined to advance the interoperability/data sharing agenda. Momentum will continue next year, but pledging support is not enough – 2018 must see the community, including IMS MAXIMS as a founding member, deliver on commitments to accelerate open standards.

As these initiatives progress and support the broader aims of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, health and social care organisations will work more closely together. We’ll see a shift towards more patient-centred healthcare and meaningful use of data that flows across the care continuum.

Natalie’s predictions feature in the British Journal of Healthcare Computing article, on what to expect from digital healthcare in 2018.

  • Data sharing, digital, Global Digital Exemplars, healthcare, INTEROPen, STPs


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