NHS tech: let’s walk before we run

Forget the ‘shiny new thing’, it’s the basics of a digital NHS that will transform the service, writes health tech chief medical officer Dr Shaun O’Hanlon.

Artificial intelligence, 3D printing organs, robot surgeons – when thinking about the application of technology in healthcare, it’s tempting to focus on the latest ‘shiny new thing’.

Whilst there is of course a huge amount of important innovation underway in our sector, if we focus on the biggest gains that technology can deliver for the NHS now, the answer is perhaps a little more grounded in reality than this.  

Sharing data can be revolutionary

Once electronic records are in place, we can then share data between clinical teams to enable truly joined-up care.  This can be a game-changer.

Read Dr Shaun O'Hanlon's article for the NHS Confederation.