On Monday I was lucky enough to be one of the people at the NHS Digital Lunch and Learn Drop-in – just one of the many great events taking place during the Leeds Digital Festival this week.
The extremely informative and refreshingly relaxed presentations gave the hundred or so people in the Park Plaza Hotel a real glimpse into the way technology and digital is helping to improve health care within the NHS.
Hosted by the energetic and instantly loveable Cleveland Henry, Programme Director of the Digital Collaboration Service, a number of key figures from the city’s NHS explained to the room how they are using digital techniques to improve how the their individual departments operate.
From devices that measure a patient’s heart rate and sends the data straight through, to the new NHS 111 online platform, which is being trialled successfully in the North Leeds area, the event proved that the NHS, as a whole, are a forward-thinking organisation when it comes to being digitally-savvy.
As a taxpayer, it certainly made me feel much happier about the NHS and their long-term digital strategy. So much for the NHS being ‘stuck in the dark ages’ and close to collapse, as you may have read in the papers recently.
The way the NHS have embraced digital technology to improve efficiency and productivity (from an administrative point of view), appears to support the consensus that even companies and organisations who operate within the public sector, require a digitally skilled workforce. And unfortunately those people don’t just grow on trees…
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