Beverley Bryant delivered the opening keynote at UK e-Health Week 2016, explaining that interoperability and business is at the heart of achieving a paperless NHS by 2020.
Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Technology at NHS England, emphasised the need to drive everybody towards the same goal in order to deliver a paper free NHS by 2020.
Bryant said: “If everyone doesn’t pull together, such as the government and system leaders, it will keep falling down the to-do list of chief executives.”
“Health is a really hard puzzle that is impossible to solve and it is what drives me every day towards work in this area. We have to make simple the complexity that is the join-up in health and care.
“It is time that we clarify the role of health and care organisations and those will be updated soon.”
Bryant explained to BJ-HC that the Local Digital Roadmaps are a key tool in assessing where health and care organisations are at with the deadline looming, adding: “These are coming back in in June and will give us a really good opportunity to look at where these primary care organisations are so we can work closely with them.”
She explained that there is still plenty of work to do in terms of moving into a digital era, although they are further ahead in primary care.
“We have 100% digitisation in primary care, but there is still loads to do in general practice and other areas to ensure we meet the 2020 deadline,” added Bryant.
The NHS digital maturity index results were released recently and the director of digital technology added that these results were useful for them to use moving forward.
She commented: “What this does is provide us with a baseline that can actually measure what we have done now and it can estimate how hard the 2020 target can be to achieve.”
The focus on patients is clearly important too, as she reiterated the determination of NHS England to not leave patients behind, by "training 200,000 people to go online to gain control of their own health."
Bryant also shared her views regarding how important UK e-Health Week is in accelerating the digital agenda.
“This event brings together professionals, CIOs and suppliers so they can work together to help make this reality and it is also about sharing best practice,” she said.
“Everything that we want to do has been done somewhere, but we might not know about it so everyone who comes together at this HIMSS UK event can speak to eachother, learn lessons and it will be beneficial for everybody.”