UK Health Secretary introduces program to help NHS Trusts go digital

Alcidion welcomes the announcement from UK Health Secretary detailing plans to deliver a new digital aspirant program supporting all NHS Trusts to adopt core digital capabilities, and invest in technology solutions to drive better patient care.

The announcement was delivered in a post-UK election address by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who was reappointed to the position following the UK general election.

Although a shift to digital and paperless healthcare is currently occurring within the NHS, the official programs are largely confined to the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) program which has tasked selected trusts with upskilling and creating a blueprint for other Trusts or it is being driven at the individual trust level.

This proposal marks for the first time an all-encompassing program which would see all NHS Trusts directly supported in accelerating their digital maturity.

Although the Health Secretary is yet to provide clarity on specific details of the Digital Aspirant Program, he mentioned it will run in conjunction with the GDE program, which will continue to advance. In addition, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the first time will commence assessing how effectively healthcare providers are using digital technology.

The UK is Alcidion’s largest market, with 145,000 total beds and a total market opportunity of $1.1 billion and as such is a core focus of Alcidion’s growth strategy.

Alcidion Managing Director Kate Quirke said, “This is a potential game-changer and is going to accelerate the uptake of technology within the NHS, to improve the delivery of healthcare. With 19 NHS trusts already using at least one of Alcidion’s products or services, we have a good foothold in this market, but importantly are working with some of the most progressive Trusts that will be instrumental in leading the way as this program is implemented.

“It is an exciting time to be in the market and validates our decision to invest in sales and marketing to drive growth in the UK – currently our largest market.”

The department of Health and Social Care has said more details will be announced at a later date.