NHSX Brings A New Digital Dimension In UK
New Digital Opportunities Must Be Shaped By Healthtech
The UK continues to build its digital health care infrastructure, as seen in the recent funding pledge for a new AI Lab. Andrew Davies is the newly appointed digital health lead at the UK’s ABHI medtech industry association. He says stakeholders first need to understand the scope of digital health care, and then adopt a networked approach, with medtech playing a full part in that evolution.
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With health care in the UK being increasingly restructured around digital delivery, bodies like the new NHSX, NHS Digital and the forthcoming Digital Innovation Hubs will be in the forefront of health-care policy-making at the national level. A new government funding pledge has underlined the importance of taking the opportunities that artificial intelligence, machine learning and genomic medicine offer in health care.
As health care transitions to digitally enabled wellness, medtechs will be missing a trick if they persist in holding onto the delivery, business methods and models that were the standard of the early 2000s. Heightened expectations of the new options for dealing with personal health mean that new opportunities are there for the taking – but industry shouldn’t let the tech companies have it all their own way, advised ZS principal Brian Chapman.
Brexit, the "Implant Files" and the new EU regulations – however large they loom at present, they will in time be seen as mere tactical challenges for a global medtech industry working hard to ensure that it is ready for the massive health-care delivery and service-oriented changes to come. Preparing for the future and maximizing current market penetration – in the UK, the EU and beyond – were key themes at UK HealthTech 2018, held in Cardiff, Wales.