DHC responds to DHSC’s plan for Digital Health and Social Care

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care has published ‘The Plan for Digital Health and Social Care’. Read the full press release here. Commenting on behalf of the Digital Healthcare Council, Graham Kendall said: “Digital technology can revolutionise health and social care, but we are currently only scratching the surface of what is possible.… Read More DHC responds to DHSC’s plan for Digital Health and Social Care

DHC responds to reported leak, revealing priorities of upcoming long-term plan refresh

Today, the HSJ has reported a leak revealing a number of changes to the NHS’ long-term plan. Graham Kendall, director of the Digital Healthcare Council said: “It is deeply worrying that the actions and milestones for digital transformation, set out in the previous NHS Long Term plan, have reportedly been replaced with vague and empty… Read More DHC responds to reported leak, revealing priorities of upcoming long-term plan refresh

Reflections from NHS ConfedExpo 2022

As 2022’s #NHSConfedExpo comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the week’s key takeaways relating to digital healthcare. It was great to see DHC members TeleTracking and HBSUK both have stalls at the conference. They spoke to attendees about how they can offer innovative digital solutions to current challenges –  such as optimising bed utilisation,… Read More Reflections from NHS ConfedExpo 2022

Taking a look at NHS England waiting list figures

With each month’s elective waiting list data, we have come to expect new record waiting numbers with depressing regularity. This week’s figures continue that trend with the total waiting list growing to 6.4 million. There are some positive signs on activity, but this masks a growing challenge with admissions. Our director Graham Kendall has written for Digital… Read More Taking a look at NHS England waiting list figures

DHC responds to ‘Over one third of GP practices forced to stop routine care in the past year’

A survey by Pulse has found that over one third of GP practices have been forced to stop routine care in the past year. Graham Kendall, Director of Digital Healthcare Council said: “With record pressures on general practice, we need to make the most of every tool available, and digital providers can play a significant… Read More DHC responds to ‘Over one third of GP practices forced to stop routine care in the past year’

DHC response to ‘Access to and delivery of general practice services’

The Health Foundation have published a study of patients at practices using digital and online tools. Read the full report here. Graham Kendall, Director of Digital Healthcare Council said: “People want their health problems addressed efficiently and effectively. This study shows only around 10% of patients ask for a face-to-face appointment. In turn, that raises… Read More DHC response to ‘Access to and delivery of general practice services’

Responding to Why do GPs rarely do video consultations? qualitative study in UK general practice

This study highlights the importance of providing patients and clinicians with a high-quality choice in consultation type.  There will always be a role for telephone and face-to-face consultations, and the option of video consultations is an important part of that choice. With record pressure on general practice, embracing digital solutions including video consultations is a… Read More Responding to Why do GPs rarely do video consultations? qualitative study in UK general practice

At your service

Earlier today Policy Exchange’s Health and Social Care Unit published a major report, At your service, on General Practice. It’s an excellent critique with many worthwhile proposals for change. Its section on digital transformation is particularly interesting. Definitely worth reading in full, but key standouts for us on digital health include specific proposals to: Shift… Read More At your service