(London, UK) The challenge of making the Five Year Forward View action rather than rhetoric, was up for debate in a panel session at UK e-health Week 2016.
Mike Macdonnell, Director of Strategy at NHS England said since the plan was published in 2014, there had been some progress in creating new care models through the vanguard sites, but there was much more to do.
He said that the establishment of a £2.1bn 'Sustainability and Transformation Fund' would help the provider sector back to a point of sustainability and invest in transformation.
Peter Counter, Chief Technology Officer at NHS Digital said the vision set out in the plan was “completely reliant on technology to achieve it.”
He argued: “Without a technological underpinning and a proper working system of new IT systems, we won’t be able to make transformation.”
Counter emphasised the need for business plans to focus on transforming healthcare rather than cash-releasing benefits in order to make the £30bn savings outlined in the plan.
He also stressed the necessity for systems to be digitalised and standardised in order to transform models of care and achieve interoperability.
Population health and predictive analytics
Dr Justin Whatling, Vice President of Population Health at Cerner argued that informatics need to go beyond the current focus on health information exchange (HIE) and move towards population health management and predictive analytics.
He said: “As networks come together with new care models to take on new responsibilities, often with new financial incentives around them, we will need the informatics to step up to help with that. It’s going to move beyond information sharing portals out to citizens.”
Karen Mitchell, Group Vice President at Health Plan Solutions, MedeAnalytics, discussed what could be learnt from Accountable Care Organisations (ACOS) in the US, where providers are coming together with health plans to determine how they can change behaviour, improve outcomes and save money.
“Health plans are starting to share data with the providers. Seeing that entire spectrum and pushing that data out in a transparent way between the health plans and providers is really significant,” she explained.
Dr Amir Mehrkar, Chief Clinical Information Officer, EMEA at Orion Health emphasised the need for new models of care to drive disease prevention strategies, break down organisational barriers and allow patients and carers to become active participants in their care.
He said: “With efficient new data like genomics, this ushers in a new era of personalised services. These new models of care need our care information to be set free and put to work with no silos.”
Mehrkar announced the formation of the Code4Health Interoperability Community, which aims to create a common set of APIs to support information sharing across health and care.