On 7th January, the UK Government published its NHS Long Term Plan – a new plan for the NHS to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. It sets out how the £20.5 billion budget settlement for the NHS, announced by the Prime Minister in summer 2018, will be spent over the next 5 years.
In response to the announcement, Shane Tickell, CEO, IMS MAXIMS said;
“The much-awaited Long-Term Plan for the NHS sets out an impressive ‘digital first’ health service that will provide welcomed impetus to the success of important initiatives that can drive forward this change, such as the local health and care record exemplars and global digital exemplars. And rightly positions digital as an integral part of the changes needed to improve patient empowerment, productivity and clinical outcomes.
It sends a clear message about the necessity of open standards and cyber security standards, cloud computing and the latest innovations such as artificial intelligence in making the health service more integrated, digitally secure and patient centric. Whilst we’ve seen some demand for Cloud as a Service and AI in the NHS, and the work of INTEROPen has made great strides in breaking down information silos, this mandate will help expedite these advancements.
The central funding commitment for the digitisation of secondary care, including the acceleration of the roll-out of electronic patient records, is also very positive news, but the devil is in the detail, and without specifics on the financials it’s impossible to foresee its impact right now.
Likewise, the fact this is a 10-year plan designed around a 5-year funding settlement cannot be ignored. The plan promises a host of impressive improvements across maternity care, children’s services, community care and mental health to name a few, but the concern is that not all of these will be achievable, particularly considering increasing demands on everyday services.”
Shane’s comments have been covered in HTN’s Industry Reaction Article: https://www.thehtn.co.uk/2019/01/08/nhs-long-term-plan-industry-reaction/