Responding to the call from the Secretary of State for the NHS to become the most advanced health system in the world, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said that on this one the government was ‘spot on’.
He said: “We have never had an opportunity like this – but we need to embrace it and ensure it radically changes the way we deliver care.
“If we are honest we will admit that the NHS has been slow to grab the many advantages of the digital revolution. That has to change, and we all have to accept that it will challenge working practices and those who constantly find reasons why we should not adopt new ways of delivering care.
“We can create a service that is more responsive and adaptable, that will be more efficient and reach more people. As patients, data is our friend not our enemy helping the health service devise better more targeted services.
“If we have secure systems that talk to each other we can achieve so much more. Genomics and AI will also transform what we do and how we do it.
“Part of this will depend on investment but it will also depend on NHS leaders – managers and clinicians – as well as everyone delivering care to champion this new world.
“And this is not just about making hospitals more efficient – the revolution needs to sweep into community and primary care – and help us bring health and social care together.”