Going Digital: Transforming the NHS26th February 2021
In an increasingly digital world, the NHS has clearly recognised the advantages of implementing technology inside it’s Hospitals. From apps that make care easy to access, to connected computer programs that give staff test results, there’s a huge array of dedicated teams that deliver high-quality technological support for our health and care system.
In essence, Digital services function as the Non-Medical ‘backbone’ of the NHS, creating smooth, functional programs that ensure patient information is used effectively. This sector also powers the technology that gives clinicians new insights into illness and disease, breaking boundaries and providing innovative patient solutions.
A huge driver of technological advancement is NHS Digital, which is the information and technology partner for the National Health Service. Their vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better for the professionals and people who work in the service. As well as for the millions of patients who receive medical care on a daily basis.
NHS Digital is responsible for helping the health and care system drive greater value from data and the value it generates, while simultaneously keeping patient information safe, secure and private. With an array of information analysts, technology and project management experts who design, deliver and manage the technology infrastructure of the NHS, it’s a huge operation that is dedicated to advancing products and standards within Digital Healthcare.
The many vital individuals and teams behind this massive operation can often be overlooked, but at the Unsung Hero Awards, we’re dedicated to raising the profile of the Non-Medical staff that really go the extra mile. We’ve continued to champion those who deliver Digital services in the NHS, as they play a crucial role in advancing patient care.
Paul Sinner, who won in 2018 for IT and Digital
Robert Cox, a Senior Information and Systems Analyst at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, came to join the hospital on a one-year placement from Huddersfield University. After impressing his colleagues with his technical know-how, Robert was then able to continue to work at the Trust on a part-time basis on his return to university.
Venkata Padala, who won in 2019 for IT and Digital
Robert continually demonstrates his credentials and value as a proactive specialist in his field, which was acknowledged by our judges at the Unsung Hero Awards last year. Robert went on to win the IT and Digital Award in 2020 for his outstanding contributions to his field. He was further rewarded with a permanent position at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust on completion of his degree.
Robert Cox, who won in 2020 for IT and Digital
Thanks to people like Robert, our past winners, and the thousands who work in the field; Digital Services within the NHS are not only able to function effectively, but also continue to evolve to meet the needs of patients across the UK. With technology advancing more quickly than ever, it will be interesting to see how digital services will play an increasingly significant part in the day-to-day operations of the NHS, and how this will drive efficiency and care in 2021 and beyond.
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