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Dedicated Patient Coalition To Examine Future Digital Health Tech

Sun Sep 26 2021

New Health Coalition putting the ‘patient perspective’ first

A new health coalition has been formed, made up of members of Royal Colleges, Health NonProfit’s and patient groups with the goal of ensuring patient interests are the key focus in the deployment of future digital health technology.

It’s been named The Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech In Health and will be the first of its kind to focus on championing the ‘patient perspective’ by bringing together a diverse group of experts to advocate for it.

 

Going forward, the coalition would look to offer advice on digital health technology and try to prevent situations like the General Practice Data for Planning and Research being postponed due to the fact patients hadn’t been given enough time to consider changes to how their data was used and processed.

The coalition will try to ensure those kinds of mistakes (which are normally costly in terms of money, time and publicity) stop occurring as the pace of digital transformation accelerates in the Health Sector.

 

The Patient Coalition for AI, Data and Digital Tech In Health will be formed of:

 

  • Asthma UK
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • British Lung Foundation
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Diabetes UK
  • Fight for Sight
  • Parkinson’s UK
  • Patient Information Forum
  • Patient Safety Learning
  • The Patients Association
  • Royal College of Pathologists
  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Stroke Association
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We are delighted to be launching this vital new coalition particularly after such a challenging year. The reason why all these fantastic partners from across the health landscape have agreed to join this coalition is because we are all united by the common belief that more needs to be done to put patients at the heart of digital health. It really is an issue of collaboration and making sure that patients are consulted throughout the policymaking process and that their priorities and interests are at the core of policy decisions.

Rachel Power – Chair, The Patient Coalition for AI, Data & Digital Tech in Health

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The collation has been created as an independent campaign coalition and plans to actively engage, help and influence both Central Government and NHS polices of digital health technology with an overarching goal will be to ensure patient interests are at the heart of all future digital health tech policies as well as tackling issues such as:

 

  • Examining health inequalities and calling for the prioritisation of access to digital health
  • Sharing best patient-centric practice in digital health
  • Ensuring the patient perspective is embedded in policy and government strategies
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This coalition is a fantastic example of a cross sector group bringing their diverse perspectives and experience to focus on the patient perspective in digital health. Our priority at Boehringer Ingelheim is and always has been patient centricity and we are very supportive, as a key member and sponsor of the coalition, of the ambition that digital health technology is shaped and developed together with the patient to ensure critical aspects of design, access and building confidence are considered.

Uday Bose - Country Managing Director Boehringer Ingelheim UK and Ireland

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The coalition have already released their first report. Into the lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their conclusion was the UK Government need to continue its work to digitise the NHS whilst still drawing on best practice examples to help facilitate service improvements such as virtual self-referrals.

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