Thursday 18 March 2021

*UKHotViewsExtra* Driving digital in the NHS: Hancock's five priorities

Today was (another) busy day for Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock, as he addressed both the House of Commons and the Digital Health Rewired conference in quick succession, making a series of announcements that will be of significant interest to tech suppliers active in the UK health and care market. These range from a £6.6bn+ increase in funding for the NHS, to news of a second wave of 32 Digital Aspirant NHS Trusts, and ambitious plans to explore whether the NHS can separate the data layer from the application layer.

Hancock at RewiredIndeed, combine the high-profile funding news with Hancock’s wide-ranging speech on ‘Driving Digital in the NHS’, and it becomes clear why many tech suppliers are particularly interested in the UK health and care sector at the moment. You also get an insight into the government’s priorities for digital and tech in the sector over the next few years.

The backdrop, of course, is the vital role that digital technology has played in fighting the pandemic. To paraphrase Hancock, our whole relationship with technology has been transformed and now is the time to build on this engagement and interest – from both within health and care and across the general public – and to be bold in the digital transformation of the health and care system. 

For our analysis, TechMarketView subscription clients – including our UKHotViews Premium subscribers – should read today’s UKHotViewsExtra article - Driving digital in the NHS: Hancock’s five priorities.

Posted by Tola Sargeant at '17:25' - Tagged: socialcare   policy   healthcare  

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