NHS Digital and techUK outline future digital challenges

Agreeing on six main areas to focus on in 2018, NHS Digital and techUK have expressed their views on the future challenges they need to tackle to take their partnership to the next level.

Among the focus read, the two organisations highlight working with small and medium enterprises so that they might share in NHS and social care business and continue increasing interoperability in the sector, building flexibility into technology from the outset.

Set up at the end of 2016, the partnership will also explore horizon scanning for innovative technologies, supporting the security operation centre procurement to help build on current cyber security work and carrying out a strategic review of NHS Digital's digital transformation programme.

James Hawkins, director of Programmes at NHS Digital said: "The years ahead promise many exciting opportunities to advance technology in the NHS, working closely in partnership with industry. By setting out our priorities, we have created a blueprint for success in the years to come."

Julian David, CEOfficer for techUK added: "Our partnership with NHS Digital has already achieved so much, with 25 market engagements, seven consultations, and over 1,500 delegates through the door, but this is only the start. Now that we have seen a shift towards a more transparent and collaborative way of working with industry, we look forward to deepening that engagement, working together to deliver better health and care outcomes for the whole country."

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