Digital technology is the only way forward for NHS sustainability

Following NHS England’s announcement last month on seven NHS Foundation Trusts (FT) successfully securing funding to become Global Digital Exemplars (GDEs) for Mental Health, Advanced is delighted at last week’s announcement which confirms availability of the funding. Three of Advanced’s customers were announced as GDEs in the mental health arena, with bids that were jointly developed to provide innovative approaches in the way digital technology can improve patient outcomes whilst driving efficiencies.

According to NHS England, the trusts will have up to £70m to invest in digital services – consisting £35m with additional match funding from themselves of £35m – in order to become ‘Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health’ helping the organisations become world-leading in the use of IT, providing knowledge and expertise to the wider NHS in order to reduce time and costs for others.

The funding will ensure plans to accelerate the digital transformation of the NHS and create a blueprint of success for creating a paper-less NHS aren’t subject to delays that the Acute GDEs have suffered.

Advanced worked with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, as well as Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, in creating successful bids with NHS England and NHS Digital. Each bid had to demonstrate evidence as to how it would deliver accelerated innovation and a blueprint for other organisations to follow. These covered the following key areas:

• Improving process of care
• Data to inform decisions
• Safety and effectiveness
• Continuous improvement
• Patient Access

The winning bids incorporate innovative ideas and embrace technology developments in areas such as secure mobile access and the Internet of Things (IoT). Each were underpinned by tailored software solutions from Advanced and adhere to national NHS digital standards and guidelines.

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