Digital Maturity Assessment

The Digital Maturity Assessment measures the extent to which healthcare services in England are supported by the effective use of digital technology. It will help identify key strengths and gaps in healthcare providers’ provision of digital services at the point of care and offer an initial view of the current ‘baseline’ position across the country.

In doing so it supports the National Information Board’s commitment to achieving a fully interoperable health and care system by 2020 that is paper-free at the point of care.

The Digital Maturity programme worked with a number of partners including Academic Health Science Networks and healthcare providers and CCGs to:

  • Examine effective use of technology, with particular focus on capabilities such as digital care records, transfers of care and medicines management
  • Develop a framework that can be used across acute, mental health, community, ambulance and social care settings

The Digital Maturity Assessment builds on existing evidence about how investing and effectively using IT can achieve better patient outcomes, reduce bureaucracy, improve patient safety and deliver efficiencies.

Further detail was included in the self-assessment guidance document that accompanied the launch of the self-assessmentView an overview of the structure of the Digital Maturity Self-Assessment, along with an example of a completed assessment.

The results of the self-assessments are now available on MyNHS and you can download the raw data from the NHS England Data Catalogue.  The visual summary from a national perspective shows each organisation’s results for the three main themes of the self-assessment: readiness, capabilities and infrastructure:

  • Readiness: covering strategic alignment, leadership, resourcing, governance and information governance
  • Capabilities: covering records, assessments and plans, transfers of care, orders and results management, medicines management and optimisation, remote and assistive care, asset and resource optimisation and standards
  • Infrastructure: covering areas such as Wi-Fi, mobile devices, single-sign on and business continuity.

A version of the self-assessment for social care providers is also now available, for more information see the Local Government Association web page.

If you have any queries with regard to the Digital Maturity Self-Assessment please contact us at: england.digitalmaturity@nhs.net.