NHS England sets the direction for NHS information technology and informatics so that commissioners, providers and suppliers can make informed investment decisions, identifying, amongst the alternative approaches, those that deliver the highest quality care for patients. Frontline clinicians leading this agenda will ensure that systems are designed around optimal clinical workflows, enabling health and care professionals to do their jobs more effectively.
The Strategic Systems and Technology Directorate is responsible for realising the digital information needs of the NHS and for stimulating the development of new innovative information technology and information services to benefit clinicians, patients and the public.
Key deliverables for the Strategic Systems and Technology Directorate include:
In July 2013, the Strategic Systems and Technology Directorate published Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards: Achieving an integrated digital care record which sets out the pathway for NHS providers to move from paper-based record-keeping through “paper-light” to paperless systems. It covers all areas of systems development including data standards, product sourcing, skills development for staff and integration across care settings.
To support this, the Directorate is responsible for the delivery, administration and governance of the Safer Hospitals; Safer Wards Technology Fund – over £500 million of additional capital funding to enable NHS Trusts to rapidly progress from reliance upon outdated paper-based record-keeping to digital systems. Further details about the fund can be found here.
Working in partnership with EHI Intelligence, the Strategic Systems and Technology Directorate launched the new Clinical Digital Maturity Index (CDMI) in November 2013. This unique benchmarking tool enables Trusts to better understand how investment and effective use of information technology can achieve better patient outcomes, reduce bureaucracy and improve patient safety. NHS England has agreed with EHI Intelligence to make the CDMI available to NHS Trusts free of charges. Trusts are invited to register with the EHI Intelligence service here through which they will be able to access the CDMI collated report alongside individual Trust profiles.
The Technology Strategy Community of Practice has been established to support the sharing of good practice, insight and experience. It is open to anyone in the NHS and the supplier market who wishes to facilitate innovation and provide/access peer support.