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Hunt elects Martha Lane Fox to develop NHS digital innovation proposal

Jeremy Hunt has asked Martha Lane Fox to develop a proposal for more digital technology and innovation in healthcare

Health minister Jeremy Hunt has asked digital pioneer Martha Lane Fox to develop a proposal for digital uptake in healthcare.

The minister said Lane Fox will present ideas about how to increase the uptake of digital innovation across the NHS to the NHS National Information Board.

“If we are to embrace the potential for technology to shift power to patients, we need patients to be willing and able to harness that technology,” said Hunt.

“Digital inclusion is as vital in healthcare as everywhere else – not least because some of the greatest impacts of new technology in health is about the most vulnerable patients,” he said.

In the future, patients should be able to use technology to have a greater say in their healthcare, with electronic health records marking the start of this transition.

Hunt hopes to focus on three main areas: Giving patients the information they need to make an informed decision about where they book their care, choice control over end-of-life care and maternity services, and an increase in digital capabilities through the organisation.

Hunt highlighted that, since 97% of GPs began offering patients online access to their medical record summary, 2.5 million patients have activated the service.

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“Heart rates and blood pressure will no longer be simply a matter for the doctor – patients will monitor them too,” said Hunt.

“Data sharing between doctor and patient means power sharing too. Intelligent transparency creates intelligent patients with healthier outcomes,” he said.

It has been almost a year since the launch of myNHS, which allows patients to assess the quality of NHS services. This was the beginning of the minister’s plan towards “intelligent transparency” in care.

A preventative approach to care should be the next step for the NHS if it hopes to scale for the growing population, according to Hunt.

The NHS needs a vision in which it moves towards “holistic integrated care” and away from the current disjointed care model, said Hunt.

“If we truly want to change from a bureaucratic to a patient-centric system, the NHS needs a profound transformation in its culture,” he said.

In early 2015, Hunt highlighted the importance of digital development to cope with the aging population, which will soon require a different kind of healthcare than can be offered.

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The present government cancelled the National IT program 3 years early, they also canceled the successful choose and book program. C&B had its own dept in the NHS and its own web sites. The replacement is 1 year late and failed within hours of going active and never passed beta tests rogo live tests.
the problem for the NHS is it takes years for agreement and to gather the finance to action the changes and put in invovative technology to improve patient care and quality. Although the governments own process slow the delivery and funding, centalised purchasing and document processing was cancelled by M thatcher. Million could be saved by centralised purchasing of kit and services and Billion saved on centralised drug purchasing. £4 billion per year could be saved from the treasury subsidy on R&D on products that are NOT developed in the UK or made in the UK. This ammounts to an illeagle subsidy of foreign pharachem and breach of EU law and costs the NHS extra for each drug it buys to pay for this subsidy this could save £8 billion.
I can't see why Martha Lane Fox is seen as any sort of guru about anything. All she did was create a holiday bucket shop that was vastly oversold on the stock market everyone who initially invested ended up losing money, including me. She's a liability not an asset.
“Jeremy Hunt’s election of Martha Lane Fox to develop NHS digital innovation is an exciting announcement for the future of healthcare in the UK. Especially as, in the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare across the globe, digital uptake is proving to be the most important factor when addressing patient care. Patients accessing their medical records online, to using wearable technology to capture data and doctors making more accurate assessments on this information are just a few examples of how innovation is making a positive impact.

“However, at the backbone of this digital wave will be data. It will be passing across both external but more importantly internal channels, between patients and doctors and this means healthcare organisations need to make sure that the data collected stays confidential and access is managed properly. If not, they will be vulnerable to attack or error by leaving their network open, with no means of securing the critical data on the network. To make sure this is not the case, health organisations can implement both Network Access Control (NAC) and Role Based Provisioning onto their internal networks. This will ensure that access to the network is closely managed and users only get access to the data they need.

“A final consideration to make will be network bandwidth. With hundreds, if not thousands of users trying to access the internal network at any one time to view patients’ information; it will be important for healthcare organisations to prepare for a bigger load.”
Bob Zemke, director of healthcare solutions, Extreme Networks