Health - digital life sciences

NHS Local

The move away from traditional modes of consumption is not limited to the health system. It has occurred across industries worldwide, from the creative and media industries to manufacturing. Advances in technology, namely the internet, mobile phones, smart phones and the newly developed smart TV, have created opportunities and whole new service markets that have never previously been possible. At present the digital healthcare market is relatively underserved and is ready to be exploited at scale.

Digital Life Sciences Ltd is at the forefront of driving the innovation and exploitation of digital services within the health and life sciences sector. They are a leading UK-based provider of digital technologies and services, for both the public and private health sectors. They regularly work in partnership with the NHS, and are delivering significant public sector digital services such as NHS local and Year Zero.

Digital Life Sciences offers three things:

  1. Design, develop and distribute digital solutions to health and life sciences challenges
  2. Support organisations to maximise the value delivered by digital solutions, through business transformation
  3. Leverage our digital solutions to provide long term and transformative health insights.

Why is it needed?

The real challenge is that healthcare demand is outstripping available funding and therefore we need to find alternatives to traditional models of healthcare delivery. Digital Life Sciences support increased efficiency, improved quality and greater personalisation of health services by providing digital alternatives to business as usual healthcare processes, clinical and patient interactions.

Digital Life Sciences’s products and services are specifically designed to break down the barriers between healthcare consumers, providers and staff. They empower the consumer to provide insight that changes health organisations and transforms the workforce:

  1. Work on consumer and patient insight brings consumers closer to the business of healthcare, to inform the shape and performance of healthcare;
  2. Work on organisational change provides new ways for organisations to improve through the use of digital services
  3. Work on workforce transformation, supports the workforce to change based on real consumer insight and best practice interactive learning.

Why is it innovative?

  • They are successfully applying creative ideas within a traditional market
  • They are successfully supporting the delivery of digital health services at scale – taking niche delivery to the mainstream.

What are the success factors and challenges?

Created benefits:
  •  Improved efficiency in healthcare delivery
  • Improved engagement with healthcare by consumers
  • New models of care
  • New interactions between clinicians and patients
  • Improved quality of service at reduced cost.
What could be done differently?

The market needs to catch-up with what we are doing from a procurement perspective. At the moment healthcare commissioning doesn’t incentivise clinicians to procure a digital alternative – the face-to-face traditional model for delivery requires a fundamental rethink.

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