The pace of change in public services and in healthcare is more rapid than ever before. Much of the latest wave of change was driven in part by necessity – from the programme of austerity that was introduced by the coalition government and that was then renewed by the Conservatives, meaning that we all needed to find ways of “doing more with less”. More recently Brexit has served to distract and distort the government – potentially threatening how the NHS is resourced and possibly also impacting investment in patient services.
This coincided with a wave of digital technologies that meant that it might just be possible to “do more with less”. Technologies are emerging and maturing that promise to disrupt how patient care is delivered – wearables, precision medicine, preventative measures, medical research, etc.
The NHS is however often slow to change and adopt new technologies. Many technology entrepreneurs trying to drive innovative and disruptive technologies find it difficult to disrupt the status-quo and persuade customers to take a different approach and to try something different. But this is exactly what’s needed across the NHS and social care communities.
For more information see the full article which first appeared on Think Digital, here.