Key Takeaways from the Healthcare Strategy Forum 2021

Posted by:
Kannan Jayaraman

Publish Date:
24 Nov, 2021

A very big thank you to all those who contributed to the 2021 Healthcare Forum this November at Cardon Park, Cheshire. With delegates from Shared Trusts, The Ambulance Service, Commissioner Groups and many clinical leaders, the two-day yearly event is designed to discuss the latest views on existing and upcoming challenges for the UK Public Healthcare Sector.

With fascinating insights into issues that drive the industry and behavioural trends, it was a time to brainstorm how modern technology can help make a real impact on healthcare and society.

The real and everyday impact of dated systems

The keynote speakers made it clear that the UK NHS and Healthcare services currently operate on disparate, disconnected, and manual systems that urgently need an upgrade. The current systems create siloed data and a lack of transparency across departments, which can have devastating effects on how and when patients get help.

An essential understanding from the Forum was that over 30% of attendees are focused on improving patient experience and safety, 22.5% are focused on developing programmes and initiatives for improving the quality of care, and 25% of attendees want a new, modern service delivery model.

The cascading impact of vulnerable citizens

Citizens with no opportunities or those who feel disconnected from society because of unemployment are more at risk of being victims of domestic violence, child abuse, or other crimes, even being radicalised. I learnt that health workers, social care professionals, clinicians, and the ambulance service could quickly spot patterns enabling them to direct the right resources towards at-risk individuals sooner with the aid of appropriate trusted technology. However, true multi-agency collaboration still needs more work.

I learnt it’s time to stop the cascading impact of vulnerability and deliver more collaborative working with the help of technology; it’s time to open silos of data and allow easy collaboration between departments to increase chances of early intervention – every life matters.

Connected systems and data is the future

Healthcare departments will continue to struggle to manage and make sense of increasing amounts of data that resides in numerous places. If there was one place to access all data, it would considerably help the overburdened health services to do more with less. Employing this technology increases the opportunities to get the right outcome at first request and enables healthcare workers to share information more quickly and easily.

When centralised, information immediately becomes more revealing. Connected data means you don’t have to search in numerous systems or reinvent the wheel because you already have faster access to up-to-date information – mobilised, simplified, and available in real-time.

The insights, collaboration, and inspired thinking that the Healthcare Strategy Forum creates is an invaluable platform to help solve some of this industry’s most pressing issues.

Once again, a massive thank you to all those who engaged us. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Blog Author

Kannan Jayaraman

EVP & Head of Digital Transformation, AI & Analytics

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