Zesty and a selection of Digital Health companies met Matthew Gould, CEO of NHSX over breakfast on Wednesday 2nd October to discuss the future of digital patient facing services, interoperability and funding for technology innovation.
Matthew is the CEO for NHSX, a new body set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need. He has said his priorities are to reduce the burden on clinicians, to put services and information into the hands of citizens, and to ensure that clinicians can safely access patient data from wherever they are in the system.
For the past 3 years, he has been the Government’s Director-General for Digital and Media Policy. Before that he was British Ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub, and the UK Government’s Director of Cyber Security. As well as Israel, he has done postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila.
NHSX is leading the largest digital health and social care transformation programme in the world. With investment of more than £1 billion pounds a year nationally and a significant additional spend locally, NHSX has been created to give staff and citizens the technology they need.
NHSX will deliver the Health Secretary’s Tech Vision, building on the NHS Long Term Plan. We will speed up the digital transformation of the NHS and social care. We have set ourselves five missions, which are focused on how we can make things better for patients and staff. These are:
Reducing the burden on clinicians and staff, so they can focus on patients;
Giving people the tools to access information and services directly;
Ensuring clinical information can be safely accessed, wherever it is needed;
Improving patient safety across the NHS; and
Improving NHS productivity with digital technology.