Health tech needs to find a collective voice on climate change

To coincide with COP26 in Glasgow, the Highland Marketing advisory board discussed the NHS’ strategy for net zero and how this will impact on health tech. Members agreed with presenter David Newell from Gemserv that the industry urgently needs to find and speak with one voice on how digital can contribute to the big picture […]

Review of the NHS and health tech year, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic abated, only for the omicron variant to bring it back again. It was all change at the top of the NHS, with Matt Hancock and Sir Simon Stevens leaving the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and being replaced by Sajid Javid and Amanda Pritchard. It was also all […]

All change for NHSE, X and D

What will be the impact of the latest changes at the top of NHS IT, and the decision to merge NHSX and NHS Digital into a new NHS England transformation directorate? The Highland Marketing advisory board held a call to canvass views… In the middle of November, health and social care secretary Sajid Javid gave […]

Highland Marketing advisory board: EPR debate

Digitising hospitals was the focus of NHS IT policy for twenty years. The job is still unfinished: so what are the options for trusts – and the integrated care systems that are planned to take over health tech strategy and funding next April? The Highland Marketing advisory board asked three leading chief information officers for […]

The Autumn Budget and the CSR: the morning after the day before

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered both a Budget and a comprehensive spending review on Wednesday. Health and social care have a much better idea of what their revenue and capital budgets will look like over the next three-years as a result; and there was a headline-grabbing £2.1 billion for tech. Lyn Whitfield looks through the red […]

A spending review to back health tech innovation?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be back at the dispatch box next week to tell public services what they’ll have to spend over the next three years. The NHS already knows its revenue limit; but think-tanks are lobbying hard for a capital settlement. Lyn Whitfield looks at their submissions, in which digital is a key theme. […]

One Epic to rule them all?

In the first week of October, published an interesting op-ed. Long-standing editor Jon Hoeksma asked if NHS England was thinking of doing a national deal with Epic for a single electronic patient record. “Rumours have been circulating over the summer that Tim Ferris, the new head of digital transformation is a big advocate of […]

What does good look like and who pays for what

The NHS digital agency, NHSX, has published its digital health baseline and funding documents held up by Covid-19 and a change of health and care secretary. Lyn Whitfield looks through them and sums up the initial reaction. As the health tech community got back to work after the bank holiday weekend, NHSX finally published its […]

Health Chat with Roy Lilley and Sir Simon Stevens

The outgoing chief executive of NHS England spoke to Roy Lilley in his regular interview slot for the Institute of Health and Social Care Management. The wide-ranging discussion covered the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS Long Term Plan, whether Sir Simon is going to the Lords to sort-out social care, what advice he has for his […]

It’s going to be quite a handover…

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has been abruptly replaced by Sajid Javid. The Highland Marketing advisory board consider the huge agenda he is now facing, and what it could – and should – mean for health tech. Matt Hancock’s downfall as health and social care secretary was swift. On Friday, barely 12-hours after […]

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