The Digital Future of NHS Practices

The NHS Long Term Plan has identified digitally enabled care as the future, and are working towards making it standard practice across the entirety of the organisation. It was outlined in the NHS digital agenda that patients should be allowed to manage their own health and care (Digital NHS). Furthermore, newly created digital services will support individuals and empower them to monitor their own health and wellbeing, enabling them to recognise their symptoms and health risks early on.


Over the next 10 years it is expected that the NHS will offer a ‘digital first’ option for the majority of its users, which will reduce demand for face-to-face appointments. The NHS app is currently being rolled out nationwide, which authorises the user to access NHS 111 Online, their GP records, and allows them to book appointments with their GP or hospital. Moreover, the Electronic Prescription Service was created in 2013. The NHS stated that during the period of 2013-2016, the digitalised system saved over £130 million, proving that digitalising certain practices can save substantial amounts of money.


Moira Crotty from NHS Digital is speaking about the creation of technology for imaging networks at the Medical Imaging Convention. Crotty is currently developing a toolkit for NHS imaging services, that will look to create a networked operational model, that will enable system wide population health management. This is something that the NHS are looking to develop, in order to meet the aims the Long Term Plan.


Due to the ongoing implementation of technology based practices in the medical industry, the Medical Imaging Convention has launched a dedicated focus area for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in medical imaging. Dr Phil Koczan of NHS England is one of the expert speakers leading a Keynote seminar in this newly created area. Kozcan has a particular interest in the application of technology and data to support care. His seminar will assess the application of artificial intelligence and its use in the NHS, whilst also discussing how policies and standards should develop due to increased risk due to cyber and data security.


It is clear to see that the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the NHS is going to be more widespread, with the ongoing digitalisation of the organisation. The Medical Imaging Convention is a platform for emerging businesses to showcase their products and services to an audience that want to experience the best the industry has to offer. Tickets for the Medical Imaging Convention are free and you register by following the link at the top of the page.

This is a great opportunity to secure contracts with large organisations such as the NHS as they are looking to upgrade existing technologies -  so if you wish to exhibit at the Medical Imaging Convention then be sure to enquire with Nick Woore on 0117 929 6087 or at