Technology ‘should not be an add-on when developing an ICS’

By: Andrea Downey

Technology should be considered from the outset and not as an “add-on” when developing an integrated care system, a Nuffield Trust researcher has said.

Sarah Scobie, deputy director of research at the trust, said technology on its own is not a solution to integrated care problems but “underpins” the success of many health systems.

“There is good evidence that when it comes to developing integrated care systems, technology needs to be considered from the outset and not as an add on,” she told Digital Health News.

“A recent NAO report showed that the systems not taking technology infrastructure requirements into consideration made it difficult to deliver some of the plans.”

She advised integrated care system (ICS) leaders to focus on getting basic infrastructure in place in order to successfully adopt new technology in the future.

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