HSJ Webinar in association with Better: How can the NHS ensure a permanent shift in the way it uses data post covid?
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This webinar was held on Wednesday 12 May and looked at how data has been central to dealing with the pandemic. That’s been true at a national level, but it’s also been true within individual NHS organisations. Many leaders have reported improved connections across organisational boundaries, supported in part by better information sharing.

Researchers, meanwhile, have proved that easier access to large datasets can lead to rapid breakthroughs in care.

But there have been barriers to overcome, and the barriers remain. In the NHS’s mass of software systems – both within and between organisations – it has not traditionally been straightforward to gain a consolidated view of all relevant information.

Matt Hancock has recently spoken of wanting to create a consistent platform for patient data, separate to the individual applications in which such data is collected. The impending statutory basis for integrated care systems will bring organisations together in a more formal structure – with associated information-sharing needs. And an aim for all areas to have a shared care record in place by September remains.

So what will need to happen if such visions are to become reality? How can the service ensure that healthcare leaders always have the information they need to make the right decisions at the right time? What benefits would stem from a platform which gathers all patient data in the same place? How can organisations marshal their existing resources to deliver a consolidated view of data? Has covid led to a permanent shift in how the NHS approaches the use of data?

This HSJ webinar, run in association with Better, brought together a small panel of experts to discuss these important issues.

Claire Read, contributor, HSJ

Claire Read is a professional writer and editor who has specialised in healthcare throughout her 20-year career. She has been a regular contributor to HSJ since 2012 and has a particular interest in healthcare digitisation and technology.



Tomaž Gornik, chief executive, Better

As a company founder, CEO and experienced manager of teams building world-class software products for more than 30 years, Tomaž has a proven track record of delivering innovative turn-key solutions for large clients in telecommunications, finance and healthcare. He is a co-chair of the openEHR International Management Board and regularly speaks at international conferences.

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Andrew Thompson, chief technology officer and acting digital health lead, Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS

Andrew has spent over two decades working in the NHS, primarily on collaborative programmes. In his current role, he is working to ensure that the digital and information strategies in Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS align with the aims of the NHS England Long Term Plan. He leads on the shared care record programme for the region.

David Seymour, alliance executive director, Health Data Research UK

David Seymour joined HDR UK in June 2019 to lead the development of the UK Health Data Research Alliance and other strategic partnerships. He is working with data custodians across the UK to maximise the potential of multiple forms of health data for research and innovation purposes to drive improvements in human health and economic growth.