- Last Updated: Friday, 05 April 2019 18:14
I think I am just beginning to appreciate the enormous and revolutionary impacts and benefits that healthcare technologies, in all the many forms, have the potential to give to patients, healthcare workers, organisations, the NHS and society in general. A revolution so large it might even be seen from space!
As the lead for the Surrey Heartlands ICS Workforce Strategy I am enormously interested in the way we are going to be able to empower patients to self-care and care navigate for themselves, how personalised medicine enabled through genomics will alter care pathways, but also and importantly identify, at birth, those who are likely to develop disease in many decades yet to come. Targeted preventative intervention in those individuals could lead to the ultimate health prize – disease prevention.
In addition the opportunity that results to reduce hospital attendances and stays and allow care closer to home. Machine learning, AI and robotics will automate or eradicate administrative and repetitive tasks currently undertaken by over stretched NHS teams which distract from direct patient care.