Wednesday 18 August 2021

*NEW RESEARCH* Integrated Care Systems - Analysing the opportunity for tech suppliers

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are a relatively new feature of England’s health and care landscape, but they look set to be an increasingly important one for tech suppliers serving the sector. 

ICS report coverPlans to put England’s 42 Integrated Care Systems on a statutory footing were put before Parliament in the Health and Care Bill by new Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid, just last month. They are designed to promote more integrated care and embed collaboration by bringing together organisations involved in the provision of health and care locally to support the places they serve. 

As we learn more about how they’ll operate, it’s clear that suppliers of software and services to both health and social care will want to stay close to ICSs given the role they are to play in setting strategy and controlling budgets for health and care provision at the local level. 

Indeed, according to the ICS design framework published in June 2021, ICS NHS bodies are to ‘lead system-wide action on data and digital’, working with partners across the NHS and local authorities to put in place ‘smart digital and data foundations’ to connect health and care services from April 2022. ICSs are also at the heart of the new data strategy for health and care, taking the lead on deciding how the data they hold benefits their populations.

But what exactly is an Integrated Care System? How will they operate? Which areas are leading the way? And do they represent an opportunity for tech suppliers directly? It’s a surprisingly complicated picture and there are still many unknowns, but these are the questions that we set out to address in our latest PublicSectorViews report – Integrated Care Systems: Analysing the opportunity for tech supplierswhich is available for download from today.

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Posted by Tola Sargeant at '17:57' - Tagged: policy   healthcare   social+care