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Connell C - LB Mar 2022

Government publishes digital health and social care policy

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid

The government has published its policy paper for digital health and social care in England.

In his foreword to the document secretary of state for health and social care Sajid Javid repeated his message that the reforms will prepare the NHS to meet the challenges of 2048, not of 1948, when it was first established, and to make the changes urgently required in social care.

He said the long-term sustainability of health and social care is dependent on having the right digital foundations in place, adding: “We’ve already made huge progress. Over 28 million people now have the NHS app in their pocket, over 40 million people have an NHS login, and most NHS trusts have an electronic patient record system in place. This is on top of unprecedented investment in the digitisation of adult social care, including £150 million of funding for digital adoption that we announced in our recent white paper.”

That plan includes other initiatives including £2 billion of funding to support electronic patient records to be in all NHS trusts, and help more than 500,000 people to use digital tools to manage long-term health conditions in their own homes.

Javid has identified four goals that the reformed system will be equipped schieve: prevent people’s health and social care needs from escalating, personalise health and social care and reduce health disparities, improve the experience and impact of people providing services, and transform performance.

Dr Timothy Ferris, national director of fransformation, said: “If it wasn’t the case before, Covid-19 has shown us that having the right digital and data tools at the NHS’ disposal can be as important as having the right medicines in our formularies.

“This plan sets out both a vision that is ambitious for those we serve, and a credible roadmap for how the health service – working with our partners in social care, the life sciences and MedTech industries – can achieve it.”

To read the policy paper click here

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