NHSX: new joint organisation for digital, data and technology

New organisation will take forward digital transformation in the NHS, allowing patients and staff to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology | Department of Health and Social Care

A new joint unit, NHSX, will be created to bring the benefits of modern technology to every patient and clinician. It will combine the best talent from government, the NHS and industry.  NHSX will aim to create the most advanced health and care service in the world to diagnose diseases earlier, free up staff time and empower patients to take greater control of their own healthcare. NHSX will work with the NHS and the wider digital economy to build world-class digital services. These will improve care for patients and enable medical research.

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NHSX’s responsibilities will include:

  • setting national policy and developing best practice for NHS technology, digital and data – including data-sharing and transparency
  • setting standards – developing, agreeing and mandating clear standards for the use of technology in the NHS
  • ensuring that NHS systems can talk to each other across the health and care system
  • helping to improve clinical care by delivering agile, user-focused projects
  • supporting the use of new technologies by the NHS, both by working with industry and via its own prototyping and development capability
  • ensuring that common technologies and services, including the NHS App, are designed so that trusts and surgeries don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time
  • making sure that all source code is open by default so that anyone who wants to write code for the NHS can see what we need
  • reforming procurement – helping the NHS buy the right technology through the application of technology standards, streamlined spend controls and new procurement frameworks that support our standards
  • setting national strategy and mandating cyber security standards, so that NHS and social care systems have security designed in from the start
  • championing and developing digital training, skills and culture so our staff are digital-ready
  • delivering an efficient process for technology spend, domain name management and website security

Full story at Department of Health and Social Care

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