£6.5m boost for technology improvements

SmartphoneHealthier Together will receive £6.5million to support digital projects that will help improve the way health and care services are provided in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).

The funding follows Health and Care Secretary, Matt Hancock’s, commitment to investing half a billion pounds to transform the use of technology across the NHS.

Commenting on the news, Deborah El-Sayed Director of Transformation for BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Technology is now an embedded part of our lives and it has revolutionised the way we live. It’s critical that we harness the power of digital and technology to make our health and care services better too. Whether it is focused on supporting clinical staff or digital access for our patients and citizens, technology is a core component of our improvement efforts.

“We are already leading the way with our Connecting Care Programme – a nationally recognised award winning initiative that allows organisations to safely share health and care records. This investment will mean that we can push forward with our ambitions to maximise the benefits of digital solutions across Healthier Together.”

Healthier Together will work with NHS England to understand how the money may be used to support local projects. This could potentially include things such as:

  • Creating digital health records for children, including maternity records to work towards paperless 2020
  • Improvements in our mental health services and the support people receive
  • Consolidate existing infrastructure and create a single flexible solution, across our services, estates, geographical boundaries and organisations.