Data accessibility drives innovation; but where to start?

Future of healthcare - data accessibility

Blenheim Chalcot hosted an exclusive event in Manchester that brought together a collection of health technology leaders to discuss what the future of healthcare might look like.

The roundtable opened with a keynote speech by Rachel Dunscombe, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, KLAS Arch collaborative UK lead and member of Matt Hancock’s Healthtech Advisory Board. From here, delegates went on to share their thoughts on some of the key challenges around the delivery of digital transformation in healthcare.

The lively, fast-paced debate covered a number of themes ranging from the importance of data accessibility and how it can ignite innovation, to how current technology can be optimised to overcome the challenges of disparate, legacy data and systems.

Pioneer syndrome

“We need to redefine the idea of imposter syndrome – and replace it with pioneer syndrome,” explained Rachel. “None of us have done this before. Not to feel something would be wrong, because it’s new space, but we’re all pioneers, and it’s fine to have pioneer syndrome…”

Personalised healthcare

“The end goal is about us delivering care that’s appropriate for each individual. Care that is basically not wasteful to the system and is most impactful for individuals. It’s very interesting that the first five years of life are very pertinent to the rest of an individual’s healthcare journey. Yet, today, we quite often clear data away and don’t keep it for life – that’s data that we can learn from to predict outcomes later on in life. It’s personalised and it’s precise. Currently however, we’re very much treated by rote…”

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