The Academy and Oxford AHSN have today published the meeting note of a FORUM roundtable on “Digital maturity of local health and social care systems”.
The meeting note summarises discussions from the FORUM roundtable, “Digital maturity of local health and social care systems: the industry perspective”, held on 21 July 2017.
The meeting brought together participants from across industry - including pharmaceutical companies (both large pharma and biotech), digital healthcare solutions providers, and health data analysts - to explore the industry view of what a digitally mature healthcare system looks like.
The roundtable will inform the development of a toolkit by Oxford AHSN and other partners, aimed at helping healthcare providers to assess their digital capabilities and integration, or ‘maturity’.
Assessing the digital capabilities of healthcare systems in the UK is becoming increasingly important as digitisation becomes more widespread. Robust digital systems can act as a key catalyst for improving outcomes including treatment and health service effectiveness and efficiency, and patient safety and experience. However, the extent to which digital capabilities and technologies are currently utilised across the UK health and social care system is highly variable.
Themes emerging from the meeting included the opportunity for better industry-NHS collaboration supported by health data and digital infrastructure, the importance of robust data management structures and interoperability, and the need for adequate training, capabilities and capacity.
Ongoing input from key stakeholders including industry will be vital to ensuring that the model is developed, refined and iterated to reflect sector needs from digital infrastructure.
To download the meeting note please use the link to the right of the page. To find out more about the event, please visit the FORUM events page.
The Academy of Medical Sciences’ FORUM was established in 2003 to catalyse connections across industry, academia, the NHS and the wider healthcare sector. Since then, a range of FORUM activities and events have brought together researchers, research funders and research users from across academia, industry, NHS, Government, and the charity, healthcare and regulatory sectors. Further information and details of future events can be found on the FORUM homepage.