HealthTech ‘critical’ to the future of the NHS

Parliament Street debate on the role of digital technologies in the NHS includes leading figures from the world of HealthTech including Mark Kelly from PushDoctor.co.uk and Rajiv Sethi, from the Faculty of Digital Health

by the commentator on 21 September 2017 19:54

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Leading figures from the world of technology consultancy have called on the National Health Service (NHS) to modernise its systems in order to provide more cost effective patient care. The recommendations came from the Tech Frontiers conference hosted by the Parliament Street think tank in Westminster.

The event saw over 70 entrepreneurs, IT consultants and politicians gather for an open and honest debate about how tech can improve the NHS. The service is currently facing a multi-billion pound blackhole and with party conference season in full-swing, many tech providers are keen to send an urgent message to politicians that much more needs to be done to modernise the service.

A key speaker at the conference was Mark Kelly, marketing director at Push Doctor, a service which enables patients to gain consultation with a Doctor within 6 minutes. The service, which has proved a major hit with consumers, was founded by entrepreneur Eren Ozagir and is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  

Push Doctor’s capabilities include the ability to order prescriptions, obtain sick notes and medication online. Audience members commented that the technology could have a profound impact in tackling GP waiting times and provide particularly useful for the elderly and disabled.

The audience was also addressed by clinical entrepreneur Rajiv Sethi from The Faculty of Digital Health who spoke about his experiences in the sector, encouraging young people to enter the world of healthcare.

Sethi, who founded Sethi Health, an organisation that improves healthcare and health education globally by collaborating with patients, students professionals and the public, commented on the vital need to widen participation for young people to enter health careers including Medicine but also growing sectors such as Health Informatics and the wider digital health space.

He remarked on how digital technology has made the world much more interdisciplinary and collaborative and we must also evolve from our silos within professions and embrace this new culture. We should ensure that young people are equipped with the digital skills and know how to enable the UK to continue to lead in healthcare and digital innovation.

To this end, the Faculty of Digital Health provides an interprofessional home for digital health education. It will be publishing a key report on undergraduate curricula within the digital health sector later this year

The digital health panel was chaired by Parliament Street Chairman Clare Ambrosino and sponsored by technology PR agency Centropy PR.  

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