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Why the NHS is Still Struggling to Make the Most of New Innovations

Topic : Type : Briefing

In 2017, ABHI commissioned the Nuffield Trust to write a report on the practical steps needed to facilitate the adoption of technology in the NHS. 

The report publishes a series of key reflections, notably:

That evidence needs to be generated and applied differently
The way that evidence is perceived varies. There needs to be a willingness to look at different types of evidence and an understanding of how to interpret evidence that hasn’t come from Randomised Controlled Trials. 

It’s unclear whose job it is
A barrier to innovation uptake is the issue around the responsibility of ownership. Until innovation is actively built into job descriptions, it’s unlikely to become business as usual.

The system gets in the way
Whilst cultural factors are undoubtedly important, barriers imposed by the system are equally challenging. Clinicians are hard-pressed for time, success is measured on short term savings and the tariff does not keep up with new innovations. Long-term transformational projects, funded accordingly, are where real efficiency opportunities are to be found. 

The full report can accessed here.