Digital Health: The Next 10 Years
There’s no doubt that technology has become part of the healthcare landscape, especially over the past 15 years. Today, no one would question the presence of a computer in a healthcare setting, or the importance of consistent and accurate electronic medical records (EMRs). In fact, patients are more likely to question why digital technology isn’t playing a greater role.
We have also seen the rise of a new kind of leader who combines clinical understanding with an appreciation of IT’s value. For instance, in the United Kingdom, a new leadership role has emerged: that of the chief clinical information officer (CCIO). Many National Health Service (NHS) trusts now have someone on their senior team whose focus goes beyond implementing technology to encompassing transformation, innovation and, above all, clinical outcomes.