NHSX: How Staff and Patients Will Benefit from New Technology
As plans for making the NHS a more digitised organisation are put in place, the government has announced the creation of a new organisation, NHSX. This joint organisation aims to provide better care for patients and better resources for staff through the implementation of new technologies. NHSX will be made up of cabinet members, NHS employees and others in the medical field to help deliver an advanced healthcare system, but what are the benefits it promises?
What is NHSX?
NHSX has been hailed as a new organisation for ‘digital, data and technology’. Its aim is to bring together the best of the healthcare sector and create the world’s most advanced healthcare service, helping to diagnose patients quicker and improve access to patient data. This could result in a reduced staff workload, as well as patient-focused solutions that encourage people to take charge of their own healthcare.
Some of NHSX’s key responsibilities will include setting national policy, developing best practice, setting standards, making sure that systems are able to talk to each other and ensuring that staff receive the right training and tools to become digital-ready. Recruitment for a CEO of the organisation is currently underway. NHSX will also work closely with the Government Digital Service.
Technology and the NHS
Currently, the NHS faces a number of issues as a result of dated technology. The systems currently in place were created before the internet took off, meaning accessing patient data is difficult in what is becoming an increasingly digital world. Now, the Long Term Plan heavily relies on transforming technology within the NHS with additional funding being provided to help implement these plans.
Benefits of NHSX for staff and patients
NHSX will bring a number of benefits to staff and patients. As data systems are currently disparate, they will now be linked up to allow patient records to follow them around. This will provide a better link-up between primary care and hospital-based departments, ensuring quicker and more effective treatment options for patients. Patients will also be able to take charge of their own care by making appointments online.
The use of digital technology will help free up staff hours and automate many of the processes currently undertaken by healthcare professionals. Although there are still some concerns about NHSX and issues with the NHS app this transformation has been a long time coming.
With the aim of simplifying parts of the healthcare process and providing staff and patients with a more effective service, there could soon be some positive changes on the horizon as the NHS catches up with other organisations.
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