Pioneering Learning Lab launched to improve effectiveness and uptake of Digital Technologies in the NHS
A major research facility aimed at creating more robust digital and innovative healthcare programmes for people living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses has been launched by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at the University of Warwick.
This new resource is aimed at understanding and evaluating effectiveness of digital programmes in the health service, as well as trialling novel digital healthcare technologies.
Founded through a unique partnership between WMG, the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) and Bosch Healthcare, the IDH Learning Lab will design new technologies and evaluate existing ones to improve the lives of thousands of people in the UK.
Dr Shiva Sathanandam of the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) at The University of Warwick was a member of the panel during a debate and workshop that was chaired by David Brindle, Public Services Editor at The Guardian, held at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on the 24th July 2012. The panel comprised of members of academia, industry and the NHS.
Dr Sathanandam said of the event “The way forward for integrated care plus telehealth is the careful application of evidence on patient outcomes, types of technology and their benefits in appropriate settings to inform decision making.”
The IDH is working with representatives from all areas of the community in order to develop and implement approaches that will contribute to the development of healthcare solutions that can be up-scaled to reach more patients and increase the benefit from the use of limited resources.
Jeremy Wyatt, Professor of e-Health Innovation and Co-Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare, has had his editorial on the new NHS information strategy published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) this week.
The editorial discusses the main proposals of the new strategy and the fundamental culture change that is needed within the NHS to transform the way that patient data is currently used and shared by all health and social care professionals who need it, as well as the ways in which patients can access their own records. Professor Wyatt's article is available on the BMJ website and in the upcoming edition of the journal.